Adam Litman, Town of Lloyd Water and Sewer Administrator, touched upon water loss of 6.7% that was highlighted in the town Engineer’s report.
“When we, as a town [and] a department get to a certain percentage that’s recognized at a 20% or greater loss, that’s also recognized by the Department of Health’ it’s a pretty significant number if you look at the millions of gallons that we sell on a yearly basis. At one point in time we were recording numbers in excess of 20% and I think we may have even reached 28%. We have brought those numbers down in the last three to four years to what those percentages are shown now [6.7%].” He said the credit for lowering the loss goes to his crew, “that actually got all that work done.”
Litman went on to note that sewer plant operations are, “going very well. It’s fall cleanup season down there and this is the one area in town that they cleanup leaves year-round and there is a lot of work to do with that. It has a pretty bad effect on our sewer plant with constant clogging and maintenance.”
Litman said the Villages project [consisting of an Assisted Living Facility and 197 senior living cottages] recently completed their water main extension and have received a certification package from [engineering firm] CPL.
“We have taken control of that water main and have flushed it and it is now in service; that’s why you see the hydrants unbagged,” he said, adding that a flow test check will be done in the near future.
Litman brought the Town Board up to speed on the water tank replacement project. The total cost is $2.5 million, and the town has already received $500,000 from Ulster County through their covid relief fund. By late December 2023 the town will learn if they have been awarded $1.6 million through a Consolidated Funding Application grant [CFA]. The town has already bonded the project and if the grant is approved they will pay this off. If not, the bond stays in place, which has a low interest rate of 0.6% that the town got in 2022.
In the August/September time frame Litman spoke to Arnold Construction about the foundation work that was completed.
“They had done site excavations, had the ring wall done and most recently the back fill has been done,” he said.
Litman said initially he thought cranes would be brought in to build the super structure but recently, with the concrete floor finished, the company is using a jack and hoist system.
“They are building the interior structure of the tank, starting with the roof. They skimmed it and they are now jacking this tank up piece by piece and there are ring sections that go around the tank. In the last two weeks they have finished the fifth section; that makes this tank about ¾ complete and they are jacking it up foot by foot. It’s a very neat process and I am happy to report that it’s moving along very well.” The project is expected to be finished next month.