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Fair Lawn approves $1.8 million for water system improvements

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The borough's water system is set for an upgrade.

The Borough Council approved a $1,714,000 bond ordinance on April 25 for improvements to the water supply and distribution system including the installation of new water meters; the upgrade and renovation of the water house, wells, well houses and pumping stations; upgrade of the filter system at the water generation treatment plant, the upgrade of the Scada system and the upgrade of the Westmoreland treatment facility, together with all structures, equipment, site work, work and materials.

The total cost for the ordinance is $1.8 million and includes a gas-driven vacuum for the valve turning truck and a pickup truck and plow, all used by the water utility.

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At the April 18 work session, the borough's engineer and acting manager Ken Garrison, said the borough was actively treating a few wells in the water system where contaminants were discovered. Those wells were shut down over a year ago, according to Mayor John Cosgrove.

"We're piloting some treatments now," Garrison said. "All other wells tested well-below acceptable contaminant limits set by the state Department of Environmental Protection."
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