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Water quality concerns Fultonville residents

September 25, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

FULTONVILLE - Village residents talked about what they called the poor quality of their water at Monday night's Village Board meeting.

Appearing before Mayor Robert Headwell and the members of the Village Board, Chad Quackenbush said in the last month alone he went through five separate water filters for his home to try and treat the large amount of iron in the village's water supply.

"This is one month at my house," Quackenbush said as he held up a white bucket stained red and brown, with water filters inside it. "The bucket was white when I got it, and this is what it came out as."

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Chad Quackenbush, a
Fultonville resident, speaks at the Village Board meeting Monday.
The Leader-Herald/Arthur Cleveland

Linda Denton, another resident, said the water was so bad it was ruining any clothes put into her washing machine. She showed her husband's white T-shirt, which had reddish-brown stains along the neckline and arms. She said the stains were caused by the iron.

Laurie Fischer said she had to replace her 3-year-old washing machine. Fischer said the repairman told her the water's poor quality made the machine prematurely fail.

Headwell said after the last Village Board meeting a letter was sent to the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Health Department. The village is seeking permission to inject a sealer into the water supply to prevent iron from entering into it. According to Headwell, the sealer would be phosphorus.

Headwell said the village has not received a response yet.

"Hopefully, by the next meeting, we will have approval and the process will have begun to take care of that," Headwell said.

When asked whether the village could replace the pipes and well, Headwell said a project of that magnitude would require all the roads in the village be torn up to get to the pipes, as well as more than $20 million in repairs. The village's yearly budget usually stands at around $300,000, according to Headwell.

Previously, Headwell stated that the village attempted to change valves on the well's water softeners. Headwell said that despite the current problems, the water is of much better quality than when he moved there 24 years ago.

"It can't be done overnight," Headwell said.



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