The district had been without a functioning commission for years. The Select Board had initially agreed to become the water commissioners, but a new board last year raised questions about the legality of the takeover.
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.