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Great Barrington officials discuss water issues

Jun 05, 2023 1:03 pm

Heather Bellow reports for The Berkshire Eagle that commissioners of the Great Barrington Fire District Water Department said they are going to take one more look to find a second source of drinking water for the town. At their annual meeting last month, the Great Barrington Fire District Water Department said they can't find a second water source, they could buy an ultraviolet disinfection system to help reduce chlorine use and guard against pathogens entering the water from the shallow Green River source. Great Barrington has used the Green River as a water source since the 1930s. But the Great Barrington Fire District Water Department has long searched for a second, deeper source of water, less prone to bacterial contamination as a backup if the main system fails. The department is currently drilling for water in a marshy area to the east of town off State Road. The department also approved a $2.2 million merger of the Housatonic and Great Barrington water systems, to give Great Barrington two more days of stored water. That should cost residents 25 cents per thousand gallons of water. Read more about this story in The Berkshire Eagle.

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