Arkville water upgrade back on track

Staff report
The primary construction phase of the Arkville Water Project upgrade is wrapping up this week with the installation of new sidewalks along Route 28.

The Hubbell Inc. of Margaretville began work on the system upgrade in August. The project was put on hold for more than a month following the historic August 28 flood. A long stretch of the new main had to be replaced due to flood damage.

The initial phase of the upgrade included replacement of deteriorated water mains along Route 28 from Frank Street east to the Delaware & Ulster Railroad. Two “dead ends” in the system were also eliminated as a means of improving water flow.

Curbs have been put in place and the new sidewalks are expected to be complete this week along the south side of Route 28.

A new well, which will be the hamlet’s primary water source, has been drilled in the field behind the railroad station. Construction of a new well house will probably not be started until spring.

Meters & well house
Installation of new water meters will begin once the new meters have arrived, according to Beth Bush, who is overseeing the project for the Town of Middletown. Cowan Excavating of Roxbury was the low-bidder for this portion of the project.

Arkville Water Superintendent Terry Johnson noted that the lack of a backup water supply for the district was one of the primary reasons for undertaking the system upgrade. Once the new well is put online next spring, the current well near the Arkville pavilion will serve as a secondary water supply.

After reviewing samples from the new well, state Department of Health (DOH) officials said that arsenic levels were too high for the department’s new guidelines. As a result, the DOH mandated that an arsenic filtration system be installed to ensure proper water quality.