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Close, but no flow

When he first received the DEC's letter of concern, Lawler said his plan was to revert control of the system to the board of supervisors, so that there would be no interruption in construction.

But control of the Saratoga County water system will not likely have to revert to the county Board of Supervisors as was previously thought, according to Lawler.

Lawler says he has met with state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Alexander B. "Pete" Grannis to hash out questions regarding the public necessity of the county's $67 million plan to pump water from the Hudson River in Moreau.

The result of Lawler's meeting with Grannis is that the water authority now only has to provide to the DEC a summary of potential customers for the next five years in order to get the permit.

"All they're looking for is a letter from the authority outlining our customers for the next five years," Lawler said in a Dec.11 interview. As for construction on the project thus far, Lawler said there has been only one change-order on the $67 million project " unheard of, he said, for a project of its size.""

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