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The Public Water Supply Task Force has wrapped up a six-week study with a unanimous recommendation supporting a countywide water system linked with the Monroe County Water Authority.

Bruce R. Tehan, former City Council president, said the alternative, one of two that survived the study, "just makes sense for the city and the county."

Tehan, one of six members on the advisory council created by the Genesee County Legislature, said the only other option considered in Friday's final meeting was rebuilding the City of Batavia water filtration plant to serve as the hub of a countywide system.

The Batavia project, replacing an 80-year-old plant, would have cost an estimated $32 million.

A countywide system, serving the Batavia area, Bergen, Oakfield and Pavilion, could cost $36 million.

Drawing water from Lake Ontario is estimated to cost $2.85 per 1,000 gallons.

That's comparable to what city residents will be paying in the future but lower than most of the other areas that would be served.

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