ILION-On Monday, the village of Ilion held a public meeting regarding the discolored water.
For about two years, water has come out of the faucets yellow, orange, cloudy, and sometimes stains clothes. Residents said they're sick of it. "It's terrible we need to fix it, it's been two years too long," said Jessie VanDeusen from Ilion.
According to the health department, the water is still good to drink it just looks bad.
At Monday nights meeting, an engineering firm from Syracuse presented some options that could fix the water issue. Chris Lawton, who works for Barton and Loguidice Engineers, presented two options as to where the village can get their water. "You could either keep your own water from your own reservoirs, and just treat it with a different process, or you could get water from the Mohawk Valley Water Authority," said Lawton.
The treatment plant project would cost $22 million, and the Mohawk Valley Water transmission main option would cost $14 million.
Lawton said once the village chooses a source, they would then have to pick a distribution project, and he presented four different options for that.
1. Upgrade the four inch pipe to an eight inch pipe.
2. Replace 50% of the valves.
3. Fix one reservoir.
4. Upgrade all meters in the village.
Each of these could cost taxpayers millions of dollars.
The village needs to come to a decision by mid-August.