Lockport: Company responsible for spill should help pay

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) — Lockport officials tell News 4 they will be trying to recoup some of the costs associated with a spill that shut off water service for nearly 200 residents earlier this week.

The city’s water maintenance supervisor said the company, Northeast Paving, is responsible for forcing the city to flush its system — and that came at a substantial cost.

They’re still working through the figures, but they believe the cost of the water alone is in the hundreds. And when labor and materials are added, the total cost is in the low thousands, according to Dale Lawson, Lockport’s water distribution maintenance supervisor.

City leaders say the problem happened near Merritt Elementary school Monday morning.

Northeast Paving was hired by the school district to do hydroseeding on the lawn used city fire hydrant for water when there was a back flow — sending the grass seed and paper pulp mixture back into the water system.

Nearly 190 people in Lockport were asked to use bottled water for drinking, brushing their teeth, washing their dishes and cooking for three days.

Although residents have since been allowed to use the city’s water, one resident is still dealing with the fallout. That home’s plumbing system was plugged by the hydroseed and pulp, and still needs to be cleaned.

The city will work to gather its final numbers for cost, and submit them to the company.

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