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County Legislator Herbert Reilly says he recalls the pain he saw in Clarksville years ago from polluted water and so has drafted a bill to protect public water supplies from blasting.

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The engineer said the water system will run up-slope and through the woods from the Swift Road pump station to Route 85.

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John F. Dearstyne Jr., New Scotland

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ALTAMONT — The congressman, in a black overcoat and shiny shoes, bent down to touch a pile of rusty and broken pipes outside the cement-block well house on Gun Club Road. The wind was chill and the gray sky held snow on the first day of spring as a bevy of local officials clustered about Paul Tonko.

Jeffrey Moller, Altamont’s superintendent of public works, wearing a jacket with his name on it and work boots, had gathered the pipes to illustrate for the congressman some of what was underground in the village.

For the owners of four different buildings along Maple Avenue near Main Street in Altamont, warmer weather can’t come soon enough. They have been without running water for about four weeks, ever since their pipes froze.  

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NEW SCOTLAND — A decision about a solar vendor for municipal energy is expected in the next few weeks, and the proposed town water-well law is still on tap, according to town board members.

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Town leaders disagree over a proposed water-well law, with some contending that it would harm farmers and long-time residents, and others citing an obligation to provide safe water to taxpayers.

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Thomas Delp, committee chairman for the Rensselaerville water system, said the problem of large demands from the storage tank seem to be gone now that a leak has been shut off for an unoccupied home.

Assemblyman Peter Lopez had a calming effect on a neighbor dispute over potential stormwater diversion in Westerlo.

Two citizens have devoted themselves to keeping Guilderland's water clean, seeing that toxins buried by the Army in town are contained. Others should join them in the work ahead, drafting a regional plan to protect the reservoir.

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