A water system being constructed to serve the new Guthrie Corning Hospital is nearing a major milestone toward completion, Town of Corning officials said Tuesday.
There is about 375 feet of pipe left to install to complete the water mains for the new system, out of approximately 7,000 feet total, officials said.
The major obstacle to completion is the weather – the water lines can’t be installed in the ground when the temperature is below 28 degrees, officials said.
If the weather was ideal, there’s about a week’s worth of work left to complete the water lines, they said.
The new 12-inch pipes then have to be pressure tested.
The next major phase of the project – the installation of a 530,000-gallon water tank at the top of Timberline Road – can’t be completed until the water lines are fully installed and tested.
For that reason, town officials approved an extension to the completion deadline for the tank installation, pushing it to March 27.
The water system has to be completed in time for the new hospital, off Exit 48 on Interstate 86, to be ready for its planned July 12 opening.
Town officials didn’t seem to think meeting that deadline would be a concern.
They said once the weather starts to warm up, they’ll begin looking at the visual concerns Timberline Road residents have about the new water tank.
Town officials and Fagan Engineers said they were open to changing the color of the tank to make it less obtrusive, and were also planning on landscaping additions to decrease the tank’s visibility.
The tank is 35 feet tall, but most of it will be buried in the hill, with about 15 feet above ground. In addition, a berm will be constructed around the part of the tank that’s exposed.
Fagan president Jamie Gensel told residents in July that landscaping plans would be left until the end of the project, so they could address residents’ specific concerns after the tank was in place.
Hydrants will also be installed along the water lines as part of the project.
The projected maximum cost for construction was estimated at $2,294,292, but that bill will be largely paid by the new hospital, which is officially the only resident of the new water district.
Residents along the new water lines, many of whom have expressed interest in connecting to the system, will be initially considered out-of-district customers.
However, Town of Corning Supervisor Kim Feehan said last year that if a large number of residents in particular areas want to hook up to the new water system, they could petition to have the water district extended to their area.