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CLIFTON PARK: Confusion, concern surrounds water

Jack Lawler, chairman of the Saratoga County Water Authority and Waterford supervisor, put the proposed water usage in perspective.

"The Hudson flows 700 million gallons per day, so 7 million gallons per day is an immaterial impact on the Hudson River," said Lawler. "If water is the next oil, we're one rich county."

Lawler promised to keep prices as low as possible for communities that commit to buy water from the project.

"Our objective is to pay the debt, salaries and operating expenses, and keep the rates as low as possible," Lawler said. "Our job is not to make money selling water."

Clifton Park Supervisor Philip Barrett also said of concern to the town was the estimated $1.5 million it would cost to connect to the county's pipeline if the town agreed to buy water from the plan.

Also at Monday's meeting, the board appropriated $5,000 to the Clifton Park Soccer Club to support the International Soccer Tournament in July and honored high school student Lauren Wolfe for her community service.""

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