Notices

Willard Water District Water Quality

To the users of the Willard Water district:

As you probably know, we constantly conduct testing to ensure that the drinking water provided to you meets all federal and state guidelines.  There are hundreds of factors that can affect water quality and treating the water properly is a very complicated and dynamic process that we take very seriously.

That’s why we are happy to tell you that for the first time in almost two years, the total THM (trihalomethane) level for the Willard Water district has been reduced to 62.0 ug/L (micrograms per liter, also referred to as ppb – parts per billion).  This is well below the EPA and NYSDOH recommendations of 80.0 ug/L which is the maximum level that has been set to balance the immediate risk of bacterial contamination with the long‐term risk of health effects.

Since the closure of the Willard DOCCS facility, demand for treated water has dropped from nearly 300,000 gallons a day, down to less that 70,000.  Balancing this massive and continual change in demand has created a challenge and we are proud of the fact that we been able to meet it.

As aways, if you have any water related questions, please feel free to call our Water Superintendent, Hobie Stapleton.  He would be happy to answer your questions.  You may also call our Main Office at any time during regular business hours, and we will do our best to assist you.

Willard Water District Improvement Project Update – November 13, 2023

Rehabilitation paving on Prospect Street was completed last week.

The State has not yet corrected the utilities mapping on County Road 132 south of the County Road 132 and County Road 132A intersection which has resulted in delays. We have been told that they should be able to accomplish this later in the week. If so, the construction crews will return in two weeks (after Thanksgiving) to complete that section of work. Either way, work on the project will be suspended after that until early next year.

At this point, the project is approximately 2/3 completed which is significantly ahead of schedule. The anticipation is that construction will be completed in the spring of 2024. After that, the Seneca County Highway department will pave everything with a “base coat” and it will be allowed to settle during 2024. Then, in 2025, the final paving will be done.

Willard Water District Improvement Project Update – November 6, 2023

All services on Prospect Street have been switched to the new main. In addition, 2 new hydrants were installed, and 3 old hydrants were removed. The process to box-out areas on Prospect Street for repaving was begun as well.

This week will see continued boxing-out on Prospect Street and repaving of the areas.

The activities associated with properly mapping and marking the utilities along County Road 132A south from the intersection with County Road 132 are being delayed at the State level.

Based on the delays with the State, the winter closing of asphalt plants, and the inclement weather, once repaving is completed, all work may be suspended until next spring. Even if that turns out to be the case, the project continues to be well ahead of schedule.

Willard Water District Improvement Project Update – October 30, 2023

Final pressure testing on Prospect Street was completed after multiple attempts. It appears that there was trapped air in the main. In addition, disinfection, and submission of bacteriological samples was completed and the samples passed Department of Health testing.

Based on the successful completion of testing, Prospect Street services will be switched to the new main this week.

Approximately 360 feet of water main installation was completed on County Road 132A south from the intersection with County Road 132. Unfortunately, a phone cable was severed due to an incorrect Dig Safe report, and work was stopped. Work will not continue in that area until all Dig Safe/utility services are properly marked. It is hoped that will be completed this week allowing work to resume.

Depending upon the weather, it is anticipated that construction work will soon be suspended for the season.

Willard Water District Improvement Project Update – October 23, 2023

Installation on Prospect Street (including hydrant valves and water main valves) was completed; however, pressure tests of the new main experienced failures. Work this week will focus on reviewing the installation to determine the cause of the failure.

The existing valves and mains at the intersection of Prospect Street and 3rd Street did not match the plans on record. The construction crew worked with the Romulus Water Department to update the records and select the best approach for connections at the intersection.

Depending on the timing of other activities, installation of new fire hydrants on Prospect Street may begin.

Once a successful pressure test of the new mains on Prospect Street is completed, disinfection, and submission of bacteriological samples will take place. If everything proceeds quickly, Prospect Street services could be switched this week.

Rehabilitation work on blacktop driveways was begun last week and will continue into this week. As mentioned last week, we will continue pavement restoration as long as materials are available. We are already receiving word from suppliers that plant shutdowns will begin in the very near future.

Also, this week, water main installation will continue on County Road 132A south from the intersection with County Road 132.

Willard Water District Improvement Project Update – October 16, 2023

With the focus on restoring the pavement on Main Street before the blacktop plants close for the winter, minimal work was completed on Prospect Street.

Pavement restoration has been completed on Main Street. This has returned the pavement to approximately the same condition it was in when construction started as was planned. This allows the road crews to adequately clear the road this winter.

We will continue pavement restoration as long as materials are available. This will most likely be the gating factor as we don’t want to dig up pavement that we can’t return to a state that will support winter activities.

This week installation will continue on Prospect Street with the goal being to complete installation, pressure test the new main, disinfect, and submit bacteriological samples. Depending on timing and the results of testing, starting services could begin this week, although realistically, that will fall into next week.

Again, please be aware that due to the presence of residences on both sides of Prospect Street, more excavation will be required than was done on Main Street. This will impede traffic flow in the area. The construction crew will do their best to minimize the impact, but please be patient if you need to travel in the area.

Willard Water District Improvement Project Update – October 9, 2023

Significant progress was made over the previous week.

Work was begun on Prospect Street and approximately 250 linear feet of main was installed and all of the services crossing the street have been identified.

Pavement restoration has begun on Main Street. This will return the pavement to approximately the same condition it was in when construction started. This will allow the Seneca County Highway Department to properly clear the road this winter.  A permanent binder coat will be applied to the road in 2024 and the road will be completely paved in 2025 after the binder has had a chance to settle.

This week installation will continue on Prospect Street with the goal being to complete installation, test the new main, and start services. We will also continue pavement restoration on Main Street. Obviously, weather and other circumstances can play a role in this, but we hope to maintain the rapid pace that we have enjoyed so far for this project.

As was mentioned last week, please be aware that due to the presence of residences on both sides of the street, more excavation will be required than was done on Main Street. This will impede traffic flow in the area. The construction crew will do their best to minimize the impact, but please be patient if you need to travel in the area.

Willard Water District Improvement Project Update – October 2, 2023

The water samples collected and submitted for the section of new main from 2nd Street to the intersection of County Road 132 and County Road 132 A have been tested and approved by the Department of Health. With that approval, the remaining service connections have been installed and the entire length of Main Street is now complete.

Additional hydrants were installed on Main Street and the old hydrants on the abandoned water main were removed, valves were closed, and hydrant leader pipes cut between the valve and the fitting.

The unmapped sanitary (sewer) main that was discovered running along the west side of County Road 132A has been discussed with the New York State Department of Health. Due to the depth of the sewer main they have determined that the new water main may be installed approximately 8 feet from the sewer main without the need for additional requirements. 

This week installation will begin on Prospect Street from just above 3rd Street to the west end of Prospect. Please be aware that due to the presence of residences on both sides of the street, more excavation will be required than was done on Main Street. This will impede traffic flow in the area. The construction crew will do their best to minimize the impact, but please be patient if you need to travel in the area.

Willard Water District Improvement Project Update – September 25, 2023

As mentioned in our last update, testing was being performed on the section of new main between 2nd Street to the intersection of County Road 132 and County Road 132 A. The initial pressurization test failed, so the line was re-pressurized and tested again, and it passed.

Individual service connections were installed from the west end of the line to 1401 Main Street, including the cross-over under Main Street to the Historical Society building. Several more hydrants and valves were also installed.

Water samples were collected and submitted for the section of new main from 2nd Street to the intersection of County Road 132 and County Road 132 A, and we are awaiting the results for that section.

As you are probably aware, the old main sprung a leak during excavation. The leak was repaired, and service was restored. The leak was not caused by a strike during the excavation. Rather, it was the result of the earth being removed from over a weak section of main. The weight of the dirt is what was keeping the old main intact. This serves to highlight the overall poor condition of the existing main.

This week will see additional service installations up to 2nd Street. If the water sample test results are approved, that process will continue from 2nd Street toward the intersection of County Road 132 and County Road 132 A.

Willard Water District Improvement Project Update – September 18, 2023

Installation of 1,025 linear feet of main was completed Main Street from the intersection of 1st Street to the intersection with County Road 132A.  In addition, the new main was installed from the intersection to the south side of Main Street/County Road 132, and north to the first hydrant on County Road 132A.  Bacteriological samples for the section of main from the west end of Main Street to 2nd Street were taken September 11 and September 12 and the samples were returned with negative results (no contamination).  Accordingly, a partial Engineer’s Certification has been submitted to the Seneca County Department of Health for their approval.  Also, several more hydrants, valves, and tees have been installed.

For next week, pending approval of the Health Department, work will begin to connect the tested section (from the west end of Main Street to 2nd Street) to residences.  Meter change-outs will be coordinated with the completion of the connections.  We also expect to begin pressure testing, disinfection, and sample testing on the section of main from 2nd Street to the intersection of County Road 132A.

We have encountered an unexpected issue.  An unmapped sanitary (sewer) main has been discovered running along the west side of County Road 132A.  It is located approximately 8 feet from the proposed location of the new water main (10 feet is the minimum allowable clearance).  We are currently investigating potential solutions and weighing the cost versus the convenience.  Please be assured that we will comply with all health and safety requirements no matter the solution.