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ROTTERDAM: New water tank proposed

Rotterdam Junction residents listened to a presentation by town officials about the necessity of a new water tank in the area at an informational meeting Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the Rotterdam Junction firehouse.

The idea of the meeting, led by Public Works coordinator Michael Griesemer and Supervisor Steven Tommasone, was to educate residents about the existing water tank and to discuss possible locations and costs of building a new one.

The existing water system serves 577 users in water districts three and four. The average daily demand on the system is 286,483 gallons of water per day. The tank, which was constructed in the 1950s, holds 200,000 gallons of water. It is made of concrete and partially buried in the ground.

In 2003 a study was done on the water tanks in Rotterdam, which exposed the disrepair of the Rotterdam Junction tank. Considering the age and small size of the tank, it was recommended it be replaced. LeMont Engineers then conducted a study of the water system in Rotterdam Junction in 2006 and recommended the town replace the tank, which would improve system pressure and storage and increase fire protection.

This is a necessity for this area, ladies and gentleman. You have a water tank that isn't capable of taking care of your needs now, Tommasone said.

The town is proposing building a 520,000-gallon water tower. According to Griesemer, the state Department of Health mandates that a water tank hold at least a day's worth of water. The current tank holds on average 80,000 gallons under a day's supply. A larger tank would also help with fire safety and satisfy the growing demand on the system.

The town has looked at two possible locations, the first is near the landfill on Pattersonville-Rynex Corners Road and the second at the existing well site on Main Street. Both of these locations were sought out because the town already owns the land.

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