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Two major water system projects advance in Brocton, Westfield

A pair of large water system projects in northern Chautauqua County passed state environmental hurdles on the way toward upcoming construction, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Brocton's plan to abandon its water treatment plant and build infrastructure to connect with the city of Dunkirk for water was determined not to have "a significant adverse environmental impact" under the state's environmental quality review process, the DEC reported.

"The infrastructure will include water main, a pump station, and a new 500,000 gallon water storage tank," according to a DEC notice published late last week. "The proposed main includes 10,000 linear feet of 8 inch main and 28,000 linear feet of 16 inch main along state Route 5 and Willow Road, along with valves, fire hydrants and appurtenances."

Because Dunkirk's water supply is lower than the service area in Brocton, a pump station will need to be built between the water main and storage tank, DEC documents stated.

The wholesale changeover is designed to fix a deteriorating water supply system in Brocton.

In May, residents there were forced to boil water for several days after a major water leak.

Brocton residents advised to boil water after leak

Meanwhile in nearby Westfield, village officials also determined improvements to its water system won't detrimentally harm the environment.

That paves the way for improvements to its water system, including the replacement of more than 10,000 feet of water mains, upgrading a pump station, treatment plant and filtration system.

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