Ballston Lake area residents may get public water soon

Sunday, May 27, 2012
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— Residents on the Clifton Park side of Ballston Lake are several steps closer to getting public water by buying it from the neighboring town of Ballston.

The Town Board has done everything it can at a local level, approving an intermunicipal agreement with Ballston and establishing a water district along Route 146A, said Clifton Park Supervisor Phil Barrett.

The Ballston Town Board agreed by a 3-1 vote recently to sell water to the Ballston Lake properties at $3.30 per 1,000 gallons of water, which is the same rate charged to Ballston residents.

Now Clifton Park will send all the information to the state Comptroller’s Office, which must review and approve the district, and then send the project out to bid, extend the water main and hook up customers.

“We do expect a favorable response” from the Comptroller’s Office, Barrett said.

Water users on the Clifton Park side of Route 146A in the hamlet of Ballston Lake seek public water hookups because their well water reeks of sulfur, though it is safe to drink.

The Ballston Lake Emergency Squad buys water to drink and needs to open its bay doors after washing down ambulances after a call because of the smell. Several homes and the Ballston Lake Volunteer Fire Department also will be in the water district, a total of about 30 properties from the town line almost to Ashdown Road.

Barrett would like hook them up to public water by the end of this year.

“That’s what we’re shooting for, but I can’t guarantee it.”

Currently, Ballston’s public water main stops at the town line on Route 146A, just south of Westside Drive.

Preliminary estimates indicate each owner would pay about $338 a year for water usage and about $930 a year for the Clifton Park Water Authority to install the water lines.

The water authority would borrow money to pay the estimated $574,000 cost up front and then customers in that special district would pay back the principal and interest each year.

The project would not affect the price for Clifton Park’s current water customers.

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