Town of Hounsfield officials are estimating that their Water District 5 project is on schedule and about halfway complete and that some of the first residential connections could be made next week.
Corey G. Reid, an engineer at Bernier, Carr & Associates, Watertown, told the Town Council that work on the project at Lee Road and Old Rome State Road was complete and that additional work along Route 12F was one-third complete. Water mains installed on Route 180 had passed state inspection, and as of Wednesday pipes that had been installed had been tested and approved by the state Department of Health. Two meter vaults have been installed along with a pressure reduction valve.
The new district serves the airport along with stretches of Foster Park Road, Route 180 and Route 3.
The first connections could be seen next week by Dexter Estates. In creating the district, the town purchased a series of wells close to the development, off of Route 180 between its intersections with Route 3 and Route 12F.
As work progresses on the project, town officials are also working through a permit issue with the state Department of Environmental Conservation that has led to a restriction on funding being issued by the Environmental Facilities Corp, the projects main financier. A water supply permit with the department was first filed last September, and the department responded with comments earlier in the summer. Mr. Reid, who said similar issues arose with the towns development of its Water District 3, did not have an estimate of when the permit would be formally approved by the DEC.
David Renzi, the towns attorney, said a short-term bond could be used to ensure all payments are made until the issue is resolved.