Most Leaks Repaired – City Water Usage Down Drastically

April 18th, 2019

HORNELL, NY – Water Treatment Plant supervisor Len Fucci had some good news for the Board of Public Safety Thursday morning. Albany finally has approved the plans for the upgrades at the plant and work will begin soon. “Were about 4 months behind schedule, but we finally pushed it through so we can start construction.” According to Fucci, the bid advertisements will go out tomorrow with a pre bid meeting at the plant planned for April 26th, and hopefully by May 16th the bids can be opened. The major upgrade will be replacing the two main water storage tanks, among other things.

Fucci also was happy to say that most of the water leaks in Hornell and North Hornell have been repaired and water usage is almost back to normal. According to Fucci, the plant was going through 2.9 million gallons of water back in February. “We hired a Leak Detection Service, and discovered over 30 leaks in Hornell and 6 leaks in North Hornell, and repaired most of them. We’re using over 750,000 gallons of water less per day now.” Fucci concluded that it was costing the city $800 a day just dumping water into the ground.

Also the board was updated on the sewer break situation on the Church Street Bridge. According to Buckley, the road has been blocked off for several days because of a collapsed sewer line which will temporarily be fixed until total replacement is possible. According to DPW Foremen Rob Guy, things should be back to normal by the end of next week and area resident should not notice any changes in their sewer service.

And finally, three events were given the green light by the committee. The annual Gus Macker tournament which will take place July 27th and 28th, the Amvet’s bike show on July 6th, and a women’s softball league which will be using Memorial Park.