Candace Balmer, Water Resource Specialist
The Town of Shandaken, located in southern New York, was named after the native phrase “land of rapid watersâ€ and is home to Slide Mountain, the highestÂ peakÂ in theÂ Catskill Mountains. Shandaken is also home to The Pine Hill Water District, formed by the Town to take over an abandoned private water company serving over 200 mostly residential properties.
WhenÂ the Town initially took over the hamletâ€™s drinking water system, they had to make some improvements to comply with public health requirements.Â This involved rehabilitating their water source, constructing a new storage reservoir, and replacing aging distribution mains.
RCAP Solutions helped the Town secure over $1.5 million in New York State Drinking Water State Revolving Funds and USDA Rural Development monies to upgrade the drinking water system.Â RCAP Solutions also provided technical assistance to the Town on such issues as securing engineering and construction services, managing the project budget, providing documentation to funders, conducting a rate structure evaluation, and coordinating with primacy agencies and funders.
Most recently, RCAP Solutions has been assisting the Water District to evaluate the cost and funding options associated with several other system improvements, including remediating one of their wells, recently found to be under the direct influence of surface water (GWUDI); remediating their spring sources; and replacing several hundred feet of undersized distribution main that had not been part of the original upgrade project.
RCAP Solutions is also helping them to develop a comprehensive asset management plan as well as a capital reserve strategy to assure funding for ongoing repair and replacement of critical components.
They also appreciate RCAP Solutions.Â Mr. Clark said: â€œThe Pine Hill Water District always looks forward to RCAPâ€™s assistance.Â With RCAPâ€™s help, we have been able to move the Pine Hill Water District in a forward direction, both in terms of infrastructure and finances.”
Improving the water system has been deeply appreciated by the residents and businesses of this picturesque community, as has the diligence and professionalism of their Water Superintendent, Don Clark.
Photo: Don Clark, Pine Hill Water Superintendent beside the access door to one of the spring collection boxes.