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Saratoga County Water Authority hears questions from Clifton Park Water Authority

The county is seeking a permit from the Department of Environmental Conservation, which requires towns in Saratoga County to show interest in the county system in order to establish a basis for public necessity.

The county's plan is to draw water from the Hudson River in Moreau and pipe it along the Northway to the southern end of the county, where it will serve the Luther Forest Technology Campus.

Pipeline work will be completed in 2008, according to Loewenstein.

In regards to the displacement of lines that were to run under property owned by the YMCA on West Avenue in Saratoga Springs, Daly said, "We have to be responsible. We have to move lines when necessary."

The YMCA is at issue with the price offered for the purchase of the land.

According to county officials, about 12 more residential easements are needed. The project required 174 easements total.

The CPWA recently indicated to the Saratoga County Water Authority that the county water plan would remain a viable option as the town's water supply. However, they said their main concern is for Clifton Park's residents and ratepayers.

In a Wednesday, Dec. 12 press release the Clifton Park Water Authority said, "As has been previously stated, and in light of publicized challenges facing neighboring municipalities, the CPWA Board of Directors will continue to exercise prudence and due diligence in evaluating all viable options before committing the ratepayers of our town to binding contracts and obligations.""

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