Ilion pipeline project gets underway to help clear water discoloration


VILLAGE OF ILION, NY (WUTR-TV) — Households supplied with Ilion water may soon find relief from an ongoing water discoloration problem, thanks to a transmission line now being installed.

The village’s $3 million pipeline project will allow northern well water to be transported to the southern water treatment plant; ensuring water flows from one direction, and not two.

“We’re going to be able to end that turbidity that we had in the (100+ year-old) system…’ ‘…that’s going to clear up an awful lot,” Village Mayor Brian Lamica said.

Roads in the pathway of the pipeline are being ripped up in the process, and are being filled with stone thereafter.

Lamica says the cost of repair was included in the project budget.

“We’re now in November. Black top plants will be closing before long. They’re trying to get as much done as they can.”

The village estimates the project will continue throughout the winter, and will likely wrap up in the spring of 2020.

Around 80 percent of the transmission line project was covered by grant funding, Lamica said, and the remaining was bonded-out for.

Once complete, the village will kick-start another project: a water distribution system upgrade.

“The overall project originally was a capital improvement charge on people’s bills, totaling about $700 a year. We’ve got that down to about $260,” Lamica said.

Village officials say they continue to search for additional grant opportunities.

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