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Saratoga County Water Authority to sell to Moreau

Saratoga County Water Authority to sell to Moreau

The town of Moreau will become the Saratoga County Water Authority’s sixth municipal customer.

The town of Moreau will become the Saratoga County Water Authority’s sixth municipal customer.

The water authority board Thursday approved a contract under which the growing northern Saratoga County town will buy a minimum of 150,000 gallons a day at an initial price of $2.11 per 1,000 gallons.

The approval finalizes an agreement that’s been under discussion for at least a year.

“We love new customers,” authority Chairman John E. Lawler, R-Waterford, said at the group’s monthly meeting in Ballston Spa.

Moreau will join a list of customers that includes the towns of Ballston, Clifton Park and Wilton, the village of Stillwater and the GlobalFoundries computer chip plant in Malta. The town of Malta also contracts for a small amount of water to use at an athletic field complex.

Moreau will use the county water to supplement what it now buys from the town of Queensbury, said town Supervisor Preston L. Jenkins Jr.

“Primarily it’s a redundant source of water now, but we have a major industrial park and if we ever get a major new tenant there, we would need more water,” he said.

The town of 15,000 people uses about 700,000 gallons per day on average, Jenkins said, but the volume has been growing. A new water line was extended south through the commercial zone on Route 9 last year.

The town has a long-term contract with Queensbury and no plans to break it, though Jenkins said it makes sense for Moreau to do business with the county.

“We could end up with two water sources for many years to come,” he said.

The authority draws its water from the Hudson River in Moreau and treats it at a plant in the town surrounded by county forest land. The connection between the county water line and town water system will be on Spier Falls Road, Jenkins said. Water will then be pumped to the other side of the Northway, where most of the growth in town has been occurring.

A new pumping station has already been built, and Jenkins said the connection between the county and town water systems should be ready within the next three or four weeks.

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