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.
North Adams isn't the only municipality worried that the government shutdown could lead to the end of the free lunch and breakfast program.
Assistant Superintendent Kristen Behnke reported Wednesday night that the schools have two months worth of savings in the bank account to keep the program going but if the shutdown continues, the program's funds would run dry. Behnke said the city has $774,000 to keep the program going but it costs $400,000 a month to run.
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.