ENDICOTT (WBNG) — The Endicott water board is working to finalize a plan for a study on the village’s discolored water problems.
Many of you have reached out to us with your concerns. Now, the board says outrage on social media and news reports, like ones you’ve seen on 12 News, prompted them to take action.
The board held a meeting on Thursday to discuss what the study should investigate. Residents described their water as dirty and brown, even comparing it to iced tea.
The solution is far from a quick fix. Endwell Resident Tom Latini knows it’s not going to happen overnight. “I think that we should be receiving clean water and I just know that it’s going to take a long time and a lot of money for the Village of Endicott to do something,” said Latini.
According to Endicott Water Board Chairperson Ted Warner, it would take 1,000 years and $160 million to fully update Endicott’s aging water system. “You can’t do it,” Warner said. “So we have to do this study to find where the problems are and what the problems are.”
Since an entire system upgrade would be impossible, the board is planning a study to determine what’s causing discolored water. That way, they can fix only what needs to be updated and receive funding to do so.
“The timing would be probably right where we could apply for a grant to do the construction of whatever solution there would be,” said Warner.
Broome County Legislator Jason Shaw was happy to finally see a plan of action. “I think it’s fantastic that we have finally the water board stepping up and saying it needs to be done,” he said.
Those who attended the meeting were pleased the board members are recognizing the water issue in the first place.
“Everyone of them is on board with this and there acknowledging that there is a problem with the water nobody’s denying it,” said Latini.
The water board hopes to begin the study in February and complete it in June. In the meantime, you can call the water department if you’re experiencing any issues. Reporting if you have discoloration can help the board determine where the majority of the problems are happening.