Earlville, New York - May 2, 2007
Chenango and Madison County News
Village of Earlville News
Water Engineering Meeting
May 2, 2007
The presentation began around 7:10 p.m. after Mayor Toni Campbell introduced Senior Project
Engineer Brian Skidmore from Barton and Longuidice. He spoke of existing conditions, problems,
and solutions regarding the village water system and components from a Powerpoint slide
presentation, comments, and attendee questions:
The water is treated with chlorine and sodium hypochlorite. Water comes from the well to treatment
to village water system to 200,000 gallon storage tank. He said the water is clean, good, not
excessively hard, low levels of iron and manganese. The tank is at a good elevation, providing a
good static pressure of around 80-90 psi. He said all of this makes a good foundation for an excellent
He spoke of problems: The well head was not properly terminated with openings that could allow
insects and animals entry. There is a power transfer switch but no generator receptacle. There is no
chemical containment, no redundancy, and poor ventilation for possible chlorine fumes. He thought
the well head was 8 inch diameter.
He spoke about treatment: He said presently there is less than 2 minutes contact time for the
chemicals before reacing the first house. He said 14 minutes contact time is needed.
He spoke about the tank: The coating on the tank was done about 10-12 years ago. The tank was
installed in 1957. It has an overflow pipe that needs to be improved by bringing it to the ground with
an erosion protected flow drain. There is an old altitude valve that is not in use or maintained so it
would need to be removed before a leak occurred. The tank level sensor needs to be protected
better. The ladder, fencing, and other security items need to be improved.
He spoke about the water pipes: The village pipes consist of around 90% unlines cast iron pipe.
Iron and magnesium precipitation will continue. There is or may be iron bacteria, though it is not
harmful - it eats iron.
The village water system was computer modeled for conditions to maintain 20 psi under usage.
The transmission line from tank to distribution system was installed in 1957 along with the tank.
Skidmore spoke about improvements: He said a better ventilation system is needed, which would be
a larger fan and ducting to the floor to vent heavy (heavier than air) chlorine gas. A large
contact/mixing time loop, 140 feet of 24 inch piping, would be installed. New 8 inch cement lined
ductile iron pipe would replace old cast iron piping throughout the village. 8 inch pipe costs $4/ft.
(5%-7% more) more than 6 inch pipe and would provide 2X the hydraulic pressure and 1/4 the loss as
compared to 6 inch. He also said service to the house needs replacing and would be additional cost
to the homeowner, though price was not know.
He spoke about outside of Village service: The Village, by law, cannot replace the water mains
located outside of the village limits. Water districts would have to be created. Master meters would
need to be used at the junction to those areas. The Village should work with other
towns/municipalities to develop water districts. Back contamination would be possible if old piping
outside of village is not replaced.
He spoke of funding possiblities: SRF funding is not likely because Earlville scores 85 when a score
of 200 points is needed to qualify. A Rural Development loan is possible for towns less than 10,000
population - presently 4.1% for 30 year loan. Earlville may have a 1 in 4 chance for the Governor's
Small Cities grant.
Skidmore said estimated household usage was given at $250.00 annually. Annual costs after project
is eatimated from $620.00/yr. - $685.00/yr. for the average household. Recommended project options
would change minimal estimated annual costs to $639.00/yr. because tank repairs would only last 20
years, so a new tank is recommended.
He spoke of putting together a plan: The next 9-10 months would be used for "shopping" for grants.
The design would be done in 2008. The contruction would be done in 2009. Payments on the project
loan would begin 2010.
A question was asked about what existing pipes would remain and not be replaced. The 6" ductile
pipe of N. Main, Madison, Clyde, Cushman, and the transmission main from the well.
Campbell stated that she has had meetings with World Development, local officials, and Governor's
Small Cities Grant concerning funding.
Skidmore stated that curb stop hookup would be done, normally 30 feet +/- and on the house side of
the sidewalk. Water mains are to be installed off the road because it is not permitted to dig the road.
Sidewalk replacement and landscaping would be done. Water and sewer pipes must be 10 feet apart,
should this be done. Trees would be removed if thet died as a result of boring for the pipes, the cost
paid by the contractor.
Laborers to be paid at State prevailing wages, whether non-union or union (at the decision of the
The number of households served with Earlville water was said to be 387 units.
There is 8" transite water main on S. Main St.
The talk ended around 8:30 p.m. Campbell ended the question period around 9:15. There were
between 30-40 attendees.
May 2, 2007
Village of Earlville
Water Engineering Meeting