Herrings' Bid For Clean Water Hits Snag

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By WWNY Staff

For year, the village of Herrings has had problems with polluted water. Residents were hoping a joint water project with the neighboring village of Deferiet would solve the issue. But now, that project is in jeopardy.

"Years ago - when the Crown Cleaners was in the area - chemicals were dumped on the ground and it polluted all the water in the area," explained Mayor Rick Bierman.

Those chemicals have forced the village to treat its tap water for years. And now: another problem.

Village officials recently learned that their water tower is so old and rusty. It needs to be replaced.

Now the closest source of clean water in the village of Deferiet - and Deferiet also needs to update its water tower and some of its wells.

So the idea was the two villages team up on a water project. It would provide new tower and wells for Deferiet and a water line to Herrings for a clean water source.

Last week the villages learned the project lost some government funding - that means water bills for residents would increase by almost $600 to help pay for the 3.9 million dollar project.

A price, Deferiet Mayor Robert Foster says its residents now can't afford. He wants to help but updates to just Deferiet's own tower and wells can be made for less.

"We don't need a BMW. We need a Ford," he said. "That's what the village of deferiet can handle."

Meanwhile, the Herrings mayor says he'll look for another way to pay for the project - one greatly needed in the village.

 

Monday, December 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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