The village expects to save more than $50,000 per year after reaching an agreement this month with the Saratoga County Water Authority (SCWA) to lower its 6-year-old water purchase contract by 65,000 gallon a day.
The Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution (pdf) on Feb. 16 to amend the original SCWA contract signed in 2010 after the village discovered its Hudson River drinking water supply had been contaminated by General Electric PCBs.
That contract required the village to purchase at least 300,000 gallons of water per day from the SCWA at a cost of $2.17 per gallon. But back in October a leak was found in the water supply line at the top of Ferry Lane. Since that leak has been repaired the village’s water usage has dropped from 9-10 million gallons per month to 6-7 million gallons per month.
This prompted the village to seek a reduction in its required water purchase amount with SCWA from 300,000 gallons to 235,000 gallons per day. The change is expected to reduce the village’s water budget expenditures by more than $4,300 per month or about $52,000 annually.
“So we saved ourselves some money there,” Mayor Rick Nelson told Village Trustees, after they approved the contract change.
In other water-related business, the village has decided to delay the Hillside water tank improvement project so it can reapply for a state grant to help finance the work. In December, Village Engineer Ed Hernandez said the village was unsuccessful in its first attempt to obtain funding in 2015 to help pay two-thirds of the $550,000 total cost to replace the tank and a water line between the tank and Lake Road. The water tank has corroded and reached the end of its service life.
The village engineering staff will reapply for 2016 New York State Water Infrastructure Improvement Act funds and submit its grant application by April 15. Grants are announced after July 1. Applications are rated and awarded to municipalities who “prove they have the most need,” explained Trustee Judith Wood-Shaw, who is helping with the new grant application.