I would like to start this update by first thanking the residents for their patience and diligence while we work through this situation. In addition, thanks to our Water Department and Phil Landru for literally working about 20 hours a day for the past seven days. This has not been easy, but working with great people and having understanding residents certainly makes it manageable.
As most know by now, the Village encountered a major water main leak right after Thanksgiving. The leak was identified to be about 50 feet under ground right below our water storage tanks. We determined that the best course of action was to replace the section of main rather than patch an 80-year-old cast iron pipe.
The Village Board hired Tam Enterprise under an emergency bid and they have been working on this project for the past week. We have been under water restrictions (conservation of water) for the same time. What has made this project even more challenging is that one of our wells has been acting up and not working properly. We have been simultaneously working on 1) fixing the leak, 2) keeping both wells working properly to supply necessary water, and 3) fast-tracking the previously planned new well installation project.
Needless to say, this has been a very tricky situation but we are near the end. We anticipate being back to full water service by this Fri., Dec. 8. We will not know if the Department of Health will require a boil water notice until after preliminary water sample results are returned to us. If we are required to boil water, we will notify the public immediately. Until then, please continue to conserve water.
For further updates, please check the Village’s website, Facebook page or my blog. In addition, you may receive emergency alerts by phone by signing up at https://www.irisdispatch.com/users/enroll/dsp_enroll.cfm?org_id=2495.
Join the Chamber of Commerce for their Annual Holiday Mixer
The Greenwood Lake Chamber of Commerce invites the business community and members of the public to their Annual Holiday Mixer. This year the mixer will be held at the Emerald Point Restaurant on Tues., Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. The event is free for chamber members and their spouses and is $10 for non-chamber members.
The above column, written by Village of Greenwood Lake Mayor Jesse Dwyer, will be published in the Dec. 6 issue of the Warwick Valley Dispatch.