Troy hopes state grant will partially cover cost of water main repairs

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Troy city leaders are pushing for funding to help pay for a more permanent fix after a major water main experienced a break.

Just as crews got close to a full repair of a water main in the city of Troy, they discovered another leak on Thursday. But what’s troubling officials is how they will pay to completely replace the main so another crisis doesn’t happen.

“I am living my nightmare with this main,” Troy Public Utilities Manager Chris Whalen said. “This is one of the problems that wakes me up at night.”

Troy’s largest water main ruptured on Sunday in Lansingburgh and impacted several surrounding municipalities that it serves, including Waterford and Halfmoon. But according to an engineering study completed in summer 2015, the city already had plans to update the 110-year-old pipe.

“My frustration was that this has been done a year ago,” Troy City Councilman Mark McGrath said.

Less than pleased, McGrath recited parts of that report at Thursday night’s council meeting.

“There’s no telling how long this old water main will last, but it’s inevitable that it has to be replaced or rehabilitated to current standards,” he said.

Whalen said a lack of money is to blame.

But now the city must wait for the outcome of a state grant it had started to apply for prior to the break. If it is approved, the city would receive around $1.6 million in grant money.

The remainder of the approximate $2.7 million project would be acquired through a low interest loan.

“Thirty-seven hundred linear feet of replacement and we would replace the existing steel riveted pipe with a cast iron 36-inch main this time,” Troy Mayor Patrick Madden said.

Senator Kathy Marchione was also at the meeting. She said the state is willing to help the process.

“They are very interested and willing to help fast track this project for you,” she assured.

The town of Halfmoon has requested to amend its water contract to using Saratoga Water District as a backup; however, the resources to make that happen aren’t available, yet.

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