The City of Glens Falls wants to ensure its residents and business owners to have clean, safe drinking water but to do that the city needs everyone’s help. Per the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) new Inventory Rule, all municipalities must inventory all water service lines both on the public side, from the main waterline to the curb box, and on the private side, from the building to the curb box. This inventory will assist the city with its long-term planning while still being able to maintain and provide high quality drinking water.
“We don’t have a water quality problem,” states Mayor Collins. “We were mandated by the EPA to perform an ‘inventory’ of water service pipeline materials within the city.”
“The goal of this effort to is to make sure the water pipelines connected to our homes are safe,” says Don Coalts, the Acting Chief Water Plant Treatment Operator. “Thankfully we have good, clean water that contains no lead here in the City of Glens Falls and throughout Warren County. We simply need to ensure that last section of pipe into your home is safe, especially in the homes built before 1940.”
“To date, we’ve received a response from approximately 40% of the homes in the city” continues Collins. “But the EPA mandate is clear. We need to hear from every single resident in the city. Nothing less than a 100% response will be accepted by the EPA. Thus, if we do not hear from you, someone from the city will need to work with residents to get access to inspect your water service line.”
The good news is homeowners or property owners can quickly perform this check themselves. Visit the website created by the Warren County Department of Planning & Community Development, https://warrencountyny.gov/servicelineinventory, follow the steps to determine what material your water line is made of, and submit your results (including a photo submission). If you prefer to have your water service checked for you by a member of the Glens Falls Water Department, please call (518) 761-3850, EXT. 3125 to schedule an appointment.