Although the water treatment plant project will not finish until the end of the year, residents have been able to see clear signs of progress on the project in recent days.
Work on the $4 million state-mandated project will continue throughout the summer and into the fall before wrapping up in December.
Officials from Lamont engineers said once principal construction is complete on the water treatment plant and it comes online at the end of 2011, the only work remaining will be some cosmetic grounds keeping at the facility.
“We’re excited about work getting started down there,” Mayor Brian LaRose said. Although the project is one Granville was required to rather than started by choice, LaRose said in the long run the village will be better off for it with a new water system and new infrastructure to distribute it.
The village department of public works kept busy last week hopping from repair job to repair job as work began on the project.
“This is one of the things we were worried about when we started this project,” public works superintendent Dan Williams said. “Some of these valves haven’t been touched in (many) years and when we do, they break.”
Williams said village workers replaced three valves in 24 hours as they worked to shut off the water to allow workers from the Gansevoort-based Tom Kubricky Co. Inc. to replace water mains in the Columbus Street area. The pace the Kubricky crew was taking impressed Williams, who added things had been going smoothly since the water main replacement work started.
Upgrades to the water distribution system include replacing water mains in the area of Columbus and Mettowee streets.
Workers from Kubricky Company worked during the week placing mains from Williams Street across Columbus Street towards Mettowee Street. The work will end before Mettowee Street crosses the bridge to Route 22, Williams said.
At the site of the eventual water treatment plant, adjacent the carnival grounds off of Park Avenue, workers with Riznick Construction Inc. prepared the site for pouring concrete for the building’s foundation.
Lamont Engineers Jason Prizer said ‘substantial’ completion of the water plant was not expected until December, but the project’s early work looked to be proceeding as scheduled.
“It’s going good,” he said.
Workers from Parker Water Works of East Poultney, Vt. continued working on the four large wells which will feed the water system.
Oakley Allen, a technician for the company from Middletown Spring, Vt. said the crew had one well to finish and one more left to work on.
The company attached well heads to the wells previously drilled in anticipation of the water treatment project; later they will return to place the submerged pumps which will move the water out of the ground, an upgrade from the suction system currently in place.
Despite the cost of the project, village officials have said they expect to be able to keep users from experiencing large swings in the water rates.
Village Clerk Rick Roberts said the water rates this year will increase from $135 per year to $150.
Officials said the anticipate over the next three to four years rates going up to about $180 to $195 per year. “We see it stepping up over time,” Roberts said.