Water troubles continue in Dannemora.
DANNEMORA — Testing and monitoring continue in the wake of contaminated water in residential wells in Dannemora.
But recently the tanker changed as officials worked to find the source of the problem and come up with a solution.
Residents are still able to get potable water from the new tanker.
“We’re not changing anything but the tanker,” said John Kanoza, director of the Environmental Health Unit for the Clinton County Health Department.
The well water of residents of more than 20 homes in the vicinity of Route 374/Plank Road is infused with sodium and chloride, as well as some cyanide. They cannot drink it and their pipes and appliances are corroding faster than normal.
Town officials have said the high levels of contamination in the water comes from the salt shed, which was constructed without a liner to capture runoff.
The New York State Department of Transportation is testing the wells and studying the hydrology in Dannemora. The department said comprehensive tests and studies will help determine the sources of contamination and come up with solutions.
A state emergency management office potable water transport tanker was delivered by the Department of Transportation to residents in the Ledgers Corners area. It was done as a proactive measure initiated by the Clinton County Department of Health.
The tanker has provided a ready source for potable water for individual use as well as for farm animals.
Residents have been hauling up to 200 gallons of water back to their homes for personal use and for animals.
A recent conference call was held with representatives from the Town of Dannemora, Clinton County Legislature, Emergency Services and Environmental Health Offices, New York State Emergency Management, Department of Transportation and Agriculture & Markets regarding the contamination of residential wells. During that call, officials decided to replace the Emergency Management tanker.
“The Office of Emergency Management trailer is an emergency resource that the state Office of Emergency Management would like to have back in its stockpile reserve for potential incidents with current statewide drought like conditions,” said Eric Day, director of Clinton County Emergency Services. “Residents in the area will notice the change in trailers in the coming week; however, they can be assured that water in the new tanker will be potable.
“The source, testing and monitoring will be the same as it has been with the OEM tanker,” Kanoza said.
The Department of Transportation continues to provide bottled water to residents whose wells have tested positive for contaminants.
The Transportation Department contracted with a consulting firm to complete a detailed study to determine the cause of contamination and what contaminants are involved, and consultants have been contacting residents to collect water samples and conduct interviews.
Officials stressed that coordination and communication among agencies and the public are critical to reaching a solution for the problem.