Saranac Lake’s New Water Plant Revving up to Full Speed

Saranac Lake’s new water infrastructure is fully operational and Operations Manager Kevin Pratt tells us the system had a minor issue with couplings leaking in the system but now everything is sealed properly and holding pressure which means Saranac Lake will be making use of these new wells.


Last time we visited the new pumping station the chlorinating section of the facility was still just an empty room and now is filled with all of the necessary equipment to assure the water meets all of the specifications by the state for drinking and general use. Pratt says he’s going to run the wells a few hours per day in conjunction with McKensie Pond for a few weeks to be sure to work out all of the kinks. One fear was that the pipes in the ground might not work well if water were to be running in the opposite direction as it has for so many years but Pratt says they haven’t seen any issues with water quality, there haven’t been any breaks in the pipe and they haven’t found any adverse impact on sediment.

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