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Town of Bethany learns plans for new water main during public hearing

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — People in a Genesee County town who have been without water for months learned about plans to restore it Wednesday night.

Residents of the Town of Bethany packed a public hearing that outlined a proposed water district for the community.

Town leaders said building a new water main will cost $21 million, and the town received a $5 million commitment from New York State leaders. However, work won’t be done overnight, as the new water main is expected to be completed in 2026.

“I will try to crack the whip and make it happen faster,” Bethany Town Supervisor Carl Hyde Jr. said.

At one point, the town had a 6,700-gallon tanker stationed in the affected area to supply fresh water courtesy of New York State, but it could not remain there during the cold winter months.

A drought persisting since the summer left the wells of more than 100 Town of Bethany homes, businesses and farms dry and without water.

“I’m really, I’m really looking forward to getting this,” Bethany resident Joy Hattendorf, who has been without water since April 2023, said. “If we don’t get water, my only alternative is to move. I can’t go on living like this.”

​ BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — People in a Genesee County town who have been without water for months learned about plans to restore it Wednesday night.

Residents of the Town of Bethany packed a public hearing that outlined a proposed water district for the community.

Town leaders said building a new water main will cost $21 million, and the town received a $5 million commitment from New York State leaders. However, work won’t be done overnight, as the new water main is expected to be completed in 2026.

“I will try to crack the whip and make it happen faster,” Bethany Town Supervisor Carl Hyde Jr. said.

At one point, the town had a 6,700-gallon tanker stationed in the affected area to supply fresh water courtesy of New York State, but it could not remain there during the cold winter months.

A drought persisting since the summer left the wells of more than 100 Town of Bethany homes, businesses and farms dry and without water.

“I’m really, I’m really looking forward to getting this,” Bethany resident Joy Hattendorf, who has been without water since April 2023, said. “If we don’t get water, my only alternative is to move. I can’t go on living like this.” Read More NewsRochesterFirst  

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