Town of Jay fixes well problems

JAY — After $52,000 worth of well repairs, a boil-water order for Jay and Upper Jay was lifted May 24.

It has been more than a month since the O-rings on Well 3 in Jay failed causing sediment to contaminate the drinking water in the town of Jay, causing 348 households in the hamlets of Jay and Upper Jay to boil their drinking water, but now it is no more.

Well 3 is now completely repaired and running. The town lucked out for its timing as they already had the well-cleaners scheduled for their five-year inspection so they did not have to wait for a newly scheduled time. The regular scheduled cleaning cost $8,000 of the total expenses. Alongside with that luck, COVID-19 did not slow down the process of repairing. Town of Jay Supervisor Arthur “Archie” Depo stated that “COVID did not really slow things down. The drillers came pretty quick.”

Once the bottom of the well and O-rings were replaced, the sump-pump, motor and control board were also replaced by the town due to the damage. After these repairs, the town had wait a few more days before lifting the order to let the water pressure build up to flush the lines and get a clear sample. The town committed $44,000 to the repairs.

Throughout this boil-water order, residents of the Jay and Upper Jay were able to access water from a state emergency office tanker which held 5,000 gallons of water. Also more than 1,500 cases of water were donated to these households.

This is the first time the town has seen a well fail and had a boil-water order on this long. The town of Jay posted an update thanking residents for their patience in this extended order.