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Towns finalize water deal

New Scotland will buy water from Bethlehem to form new district

— Bethlehem is already serving 75 water customers within new district from a pipeline that is around 90 years old. Certain properties located within the district get their water from the Helderberg Spring, but Bethlehem decided to stop using the spring as a water source.

After New Scotland passed the agreement, Dolin said, “That is quite a victory.” The push for the new district started around eight years ago.

“This agreement has been in gestation for probably around a year-and-a-half,” Dolin said.

The only hiccup in the passage came when New Scotland Councilwoman Patricia Snyder wanted to clarify the correct number of users in the contract, as around 150 properties were named. The actual customers are greater, because there are some apartments and multi-family housing included in the district.

Town officials said the amount of water purchased is more important to Bethlehem in the contract than the number of customers.

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