Residents in the Town of Fine in St. Lawrence County remain under a boil water advisory. The bigger problem is that it's something people in the area are getting used to. But, as our Barry Wygel explains, town officials are working hard to fix the problem.
FINE, N.Y. -- For residents around Star Lake, it's becoming a familiar story.
"We have production capability issues and we just had a leak yesterday that ended up draining the tank," said Mark Hall, Fine town supervisor.
The Star Lake Water System takes water from the lake, filters it, chlorinates it and then stores it in a 200,000 gallon tank before distributing it throughout the town. On Wednesday, a leak was discovered, causing a boil water advisory to be placed in effect.
"It doesn't necessarily mean there is anything wrong with the water, but it's a precautionary measure because something has entered the system," said Hall.
This is the third time in 18 months that a boil water advisory has been issued, a problem that affects both the school district and Clifton-Fine Hospital. The school was closed Thursday due to the lack of water.
"We have to fill out an application to see what kind of funding they will give us. Hopefully we get a couple million dollars in grants and a no interest loan," said Hall.
Town officials say to prevent a problem in the future, they need to overhaul the pipes in the system and upgrade the capacity of their filtration system.
"Best case scenario would be 2015," said Hall.
Workers were able to quickly identify the source of the problem and fix the leak in the pipes and now it's just a matter of refilling the town's water supply.
"There's always leaks in water systems. This one tends to be more problematic because we don't have the capacity to overcome a leak," said Hall.
Until a project can be funded and completed, residents may continue seeing these boil water advisories on a more frequent basis.
Residents in the affected areas are encouraged to visit the town's website frequently to check for boil water advisories.