Town leaders still believe the water line project in Berkshire Village is possible despite a setback.
The Berkshire Village Cooperative Water District has been in existence for nearly 100 years and operates its own water system for about 35 homes in the village. But, it's equipment is aging and five years ago the Department of Environmental Protection issued an order asking for significant upgrades to the system.
County Ambulance will now serve as the town's primary EMS.
The Board of Selectmen last week signed an agreement with the Pittsfield-based ambulance provider to handle calls in town. Town Manager Kelli Robbins said the three-year agreement comes with no cost to the town.
"I would like to see this done as a trial," Robbins said.
Water District Superintendent John Barrett told the Board of Health on Wednesday that DEP has ordered the district to install chlorine injection systems at all their pumps and said it is unlikely they will meet the Dec 31 deadline.
The private water district was taken over last year by the town because of the cooperative's difficulty in finding trustees and addressing the significant infrastructure upgrades required for the more than 30-year-old district.
Users of the Briggsville Water District will see a significant rate increase beginning in November.
Select Board, acting as the water commissioners, voted on Wednesday to raise the annual rate of $200 per household to $300, effective Nov. 1. Users on the line will be billed $75 quarterly.
The Berkshire Village Water District is awaiting word from USDA about upgrading its water system.
The district consists of about 40 households in the village and feeds off from the Berkshire Spring. The lines, however, date back nearly a century and residents there have been faced with inconsistent water service and the threat of contamination is ever present.