Plan would create water district in four Genesee County towns

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BATAVIA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Four farmers are offering to pay $1 million to bring public water to four towns in Genesee County.

The plan was announced after the health department found more than a dozen residences in Oakfield whose wells were contaminated with E.coli and coliform bacteria from manure.

Oakfield, Elba, Stafford and the Town of Batavia would be under one water district, which would serve roughly 300 households and cost each household $723 per year.

Residents would have to petition their individual towns to bring the water district, and then three of the four towns would need to approve the plan to make it a reality. That process alone could take six months.

Town of Batavia engineer Steve Mountain said, “With this latest event, there may be some opportunities that we can get additional money. But over the last year, year and a half, we have negotiated with large farms. And they’re willing to contribute over a million dollars to the project to get it to that affordable level for everybody.”

The project will require around 20 miles of water lines to be installed and would take around one-and-a-half years to complete.

In the meantime, residents will still be required to boil their water.

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