Ilion aftermath: water main breaks repaired, battered system still not in use

The wounds are buttoned up, but the scars remain, in Ilion. Water Department staff worked practically around the clock for two days, repairing water main breaks on Barringer Road, then, late Thursday afternoon, on Route 51.

Posted: Feb 1, 2019 6:06 PM

The wounds are buttoned up, but the scars remain, in Ilion. Water Department staff worked practically around the clock for two days, repairing water main breaks on Barringer Road, then, late Thursday afternoon, on Route 51.

"Not just our water department, our water department, our light department, our DPW crews, the fire department, the police department, everybody did something and took a part in this whole operation," said Mayor Brian Lamica.

Lamica says everyone in the village has water now, but that they're still on wells, still have a boil and conserve water order, and still under a state of emergency, and that all three will remain throughout the weekend. Lamica believes people really are conserving water.

"I really can say I believe people are conserving water in the village, because, again, if they weren't, we'd really be seeing some issues because we're only on the wells."

This week's culmination of months of persistent water problems brought Governor Cuomo to Ilion, from Albany, Thursday. Away from the media cameras and behind closed doors, the governor had a candid discussion with Ilion's mayor and deputy mayor.

"We talked about money," said Mayor Lamica. "We mentioned to him exactly what would be the total project costs would be around-around the $32 million."

They mayor also talked to the governor about Ilion's history.

"I gave the governor a little brief history on the village of Ilion and how Ilion actually played an important part in the building of this country and now Ilion needs help."

The mayor says the village cannot return to its battered water system until it has three days of clean samples. They started taking samples Friday.

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