B y Jaime Thomas
How clean is the water in Granville?
It’s actually pretty clean according to the village’s annual drinking water quality report for 2012, which was recently released.
“The village of Granville water system is in compliance with the state’s rules and regulations,” said Jeffrey Hammond, spokesman for the New York State Department of Health.
Several years ago, the village was found to have ground water under the direct influence of surface water (GWUIDI,) as a result of wells ranging from only 10 to 15-feet deep.
Officials have since fixed the problem through upgrades to the water treatment plant, using a 4.7 million dollar loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“We’re providing extremely new water; with our new filtration plant, water quality has gone up,” said Dan Williams, Granville superintendent of public works. He said new filters and ultraviolet light treatments provide much better protection against contamination. Additionally, the village now accesses four new, gravel-packed wells.
The new wells can yield 724,000 gallons of water per day, in addition to the 850,000 gallons that were already being pumped.
According to officials, the village provides water through 1,003 service connections to a population of approximately 2,600 people. The average daily demand is just over 405,000 gallons per day.
Though the village had no violations in last year’s testing, some contaminants had been detected.
“However, these compounds were detected below New York state requirements,” officials said, pointing out that all water, including bottled water, typically contains at least small amounts of contaminants.
Williams said there are three layers of protection in village water: filters, UV, and chlorine. The village also adds caustic soda to the water in order to prevent the copper pipes from being dissolved into it.
The department of public works collects three remote water samples each month and sends them to get tested for various bacteria; there hasn’t been a failure in almost a decade. Williams said his crew will begin water main work on East Potter Avenue and Norton Street in April or May.
For more information about Granville’s water quality, call 642-2640.