Willard Water District Improvement Project Update – August 15, 2023

We wanted to share some additional information to help you better understand the project.  Essentially, the project calls for the installation of new water mains in the hamlet to replace some existing mains that are very old and very fragile.  The results of this will be a water delivery system that is much more robust and should eliminate the many fractures and leaks that we have experienced in the past.

Please be aware that the existing water service will not be interrupted until very near the end of the project.  New mains and all associated fittings, connections, etc. will be installed, the completed system will be sanitized, and an extensive battery of tests will be performed.  Once everything has been certified, existing connections to individual residences will be moved to the new system.  Again, this activity will take place very near the end of the project.  In addition, each individual transfer should not exceed four hours, barring unforeseen circumstances, so any interruption in the water supply will be short.

During the construction process, driveway access may be temporarily restricted.  This is because in many cases, the existing connections from the water main to the residence are under driveways, and to allow us to transfer service, we need to install the new connections very near to the existing ones.  We will do our best to notify you in advance when construction activity may impact your access.  We will also do our best to minimize any disruption.

We do want to warn you that as we will be working near to the existing mains, and as those mains are extremely fragile, a break may occur.  To prepare for that possibility, we have pre-staged repair materials in case they are needed.