Water: Crisis puts focus on project

Western New York rarely has to worry about water — since there is so much surrounding our region.

But drinking water is presently a problem for Brocton, the town of Portland and a portion of the town of Pomfret due to the major water leak that occurred Monday on Central Avenue in the village. The leak has forced a boil-water advisory.

Right in the middle of this dilemma, of course, is the village of Fredonia. An interconnect has been proposed to be installed on Route 20 between Fredonia and the North County Water District. Just the mention of Fredonia is a concern something may not happen due to its lack of a regional vision. But the interconnect could help alleviate problems like these in the future.

“This Brocton situation (Monday) is a good reason for the town of Pomfret to request the village of Fredonia for a connection — again,” Pomfret Supervisor Don Steger said during a meeting on north county water this week.

Being a part of a larger water district does come with benefits. New York state, as well as Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, are pushing joint projects and rewarding with funding.

After Monday’s emergency, this interconnect plan looks like something many would benefit from in the future.