Water use restricted in North Granville

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The water restriction notice put into effect by Granville town supervisor Matt Hicks and relayed by the Washington County Department of Public Safety.

A water restriction notice was put in place by the town of Granville for the 240 users and roughly 700 people in the North Granville Water District on June 1.

The Washington County Department of Public Safety relayed the information on all social platforms with the notice from town supervisor Matt Hicks.

“Effective immediately and until further notice, the town of Granville is requiring all North Granville Water District Customers to conserve water and is placing a water restriction use on outside water use,” the notice said. “Outside water use is limited to usage of only hand-held hoses during the hours of 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. This restriction will remain in effect until further notice.”

Granville supervisor Matt Hicks

Hicks said the ongoing issues in the water district will require a complete replacement of the infrastructure, which was a 1941 WPA project as part of The New Deal. A restriction notice happens roughly once every other year, he said.

“We’ve been working the last five to eight years sourcing the water (fracking the wells),” Hicks said. “We’re in a bit of a drought at the moment.”

That drought Hicks mentioned has resulted in the decrease of water in the storage tank. A comfortable 20 feet of water was reduced to 14 feet on June 1 and brought up to 16 feet on June 2.

The restriction put in place was set to “space out the usage throughout the course of the day,” Hicks added. He said indoor use is still allowed, but excessive use of outside sprinklers all-day-long, for example, will be barred for the meantime in order to get the water level restored.

The supervisor said there are three parts to the water system: sourcing/treatment, storage and infrastructure. He cites infrastructure as the primary concern.

Many users in the district have complained about the yellow and brown-tinted water for years. Hicks understands the frustration and is hopeful to have a solution soon.

“I don’t blame them at all,” he said. “It’s an 80-year-old system that should have been dealt with 25 years ago.”

At the May town board meeting, Jason Preisner presented a plan to the board to seek state grant money to replace the infrastructure and water meters. The entire project would cost more than $4 million, with the presented first step costing well over $2 million.

This will be the town’s fourth attempt at receiving grant money and proving they are a worthy recipient.

The town of Granville is in compliance after having monthly water treatment tests conducted and passing those tests, as well as charging half of what the average New York taxpayer pays for their water bill. This ultimately disqualifies them as a municipality in dire need.

Hicks is hopeful that consecutive 90-degree weather days stay away for the time being so the water level can rebuild and the restriction can be lifted.