Celoron Residents Have Waited Long Enough For Clean Drinking Water

It has been six weeks since state Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, announced she had secured a $75,000 grant to install a water main in the only portion of Celoron that doesn’t have municipal water access or fire hydrants.

The water main will serve 10 households on Butler Avenue and Seventh Street that have tainted wells. Those living in the area have had to buy bottled water for clean water to cook and drink while finding places other than their homes to shower. The grant secured by Young will be used to allow the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities to install 1,630 feet of water main line, which is planned to run from East Fifth Street to East 10th Street on Butler Avenue. Water main lines will also run at a dead end branch from Butler Avenue to a house on East Seventh Street. The project will also include the installation of two fire hydrants, one at the dead end section of East Seventh Street and the other near the intersection of Butler Avenue and East Seventh Street. With funding in place, an issue that lasted several years is coming to an end for residents who have dealt with bad water. In addition, other property owners already on municipal water won’t be burdened with a $3 monthly surcharge on their bills to cover the project.

Young swooping in on a white horse to save the day is the last action the Celoron residents have seen, but it isn’t for a lack of effort on the part of local officials. Scott Schrecengost, Celoron mayor, has spent the last six weeks trying to do all of the background work necessary to have the grant money released. Once that happens the village can approach the Jamestown BPU to do the work.

Residents of Butler Avenue and Seventh Street in Celoron are on their third U.S. president since they have had clean drinking water. Getting this project done simply shouldn’t be this hard. If the money isn’t released in time for construction to begin in October, heads should roll.