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Rotterdam water supply strained

Water District No. 5 emergency repairs authorized, town eyes new well

— Collins suggested increasing the annual water free residents pay. It is currently the lowest in the state at $25 per year. He said simply increasing it by $10 would pay for a new well to be dug within a few years.

Buffardi said water fees can’t be raised until next year, but town officials will evaluate increasing the fee a small amount to apply towards a possible bond and future upgrades to meet growing demands. Any increase wouldn’t be done without first getting public input, Buffardi said.

“I don’t think we are at crisis level yet, but we don’t want to get to that point and have to deal with a crisis,” Buffardi said.

County Walk Estates residents who live within the water district have previously expressed concerns over a lack of water pressure, but Buffardi said any upgrades to the town’s water infrastructure wouldn’t fix that problem.

“Putting more water there is not going to improve the pressure of the system going up the hill,” Buffardi said.

He added the water pressure going up the hill still meets standards even if it isn’t a desirable amount for residents.

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