Willard Water District Improvement Project – Update June 8, 2024

Construction has resumed on the project with the focus on County Road 132A.

The current portion of the project involves installing the new water main (ductile iron and HDPE plastic) along County 132A and then connecting services. During the previous week:

  • Ductile iron pipe section going north along County Road132A was installed, tested, and approved.
  • Approximately 1,000 feet of the HDPE is bored, and the pipe is fused for installation next week.

One item of note: an old section of main on County Road 132A was leaking and was repaired. One resident had their service switched over to the new line due to the spot of the break.

Work scheduled for the week of June 10 through June 14:

  • Pull the HDPE through the bore and test.
  • Finish the final 400 feet of boring and pipe installation.
  • Start connecting services on County Road 132A.

Spring Dumpster Days

Willard Water District Improvement Project Update – April 27, 2024

We are working to restart construction so that we can complete the improvement project. The remaining installation and hookup activities are for the users along County Road 132A southward from 96A to County Road 132. Once that is complete, our construction company will be able to do all of the finishing tasks, such as driveway repair and landscaping. We currently have a delay due to the need for easements. An easement is a legal document that allows the Town and its employees to perform construction tasks on private property. The owners of each individual property along the impacted area must sign an easement before we can begin work. We hope to have the remaining few easements completed shortly and work will resume immediately following.

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.