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Newstead Town Engineer Andrew Casolini of Wendel Engineers said Monday that the main line for Water District 5 is in service.

The contractor has a crew on site, he said, and is still continuing to put in services. He added that the Erie County Water Authority is operating the line and that the project is "right on schedule."

The recently created district, which covers a large portion of town, runs from the Alden town line to Route 5; South Newstead Road to the Genesee County line; and Buell Street, Cummings Road and Clarence Center Road to Barnum Road.

"The project is moving along very well," Casolini said. "Everyone is happy with the progress."

Services on Buckwheat and South Newstead roads as well as the Steiner, Ayers and Dorsch Road loop were started early this month.

The new district will supply water to 375 single homes, 29 apartments, 190 mobile homes, 19 businesses and a 783-unit recreational vehicle park.

"We've been trying to get water to these residents who have had water problems," Casolini said.

Town officials earlier indicated that since the town received an $850,000 grant, the $3.4 million district would be financed through a 20-year bond at zero percent interest.

Restoration work on the new district, expected to improve public health and safety and fire fighting capabilities, will begin in the spring of 2000

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