THE BUFFALO NEWSI THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER.9, 2004
Hydrant that failed duringme being checked by county
By BARlWlA O'BRIEN·
NEWS $OUT~TOWNS ItURBAU
The Erie County water .Authorltyis
measuring the flow of"l(aterto a hydrant
that failed to PI'9vide water during a fire
that destroyed. a Cheektowaga home last
U-Crest volunteerfiretighters discov
ered there was no 'W8lercotniog out of
thehydralltat 33Cba4;lel Drive, which
they needed to dousei:hefire at the Ran
. datBudzilo home at 44 Chapel Drive on
. "We're asdistt:lrbedas you are about
this incident," PaulBecker, municipalli
,aison forthe Erie County Wa~Autliori-
ty, told theCb~wagaTown BOard on
ToWn officials conte~d theprablem
arpse because i:hewater line feed.i.ngthe
hydrant. in front of the Budzilo llOuse
was fed. by altold 4-inch line.
''It's the thinking there haS been cor;..
rosion iIi this line," Council Member
Thomas M.. Jo~on Jr.sajd.
Wbiletesting determined the pres
sureW8$ adequa~, the town. believes
that over tiime corrosion'andthe buildup
of minerals has· redt.ired tbeftmctional
Becker said the Water Authority is
undertaking a test. of the flow through
"The testing·should· be done in the
next ~ or so,"he said..
The Town Board on Tuesday night
forma:tIy asked the· authority to rePlace
defiejencies are· discovered. The board
&so aslred the· authority to consider SUr
veying· older·smaller diameter lines in·
the town for p~ and flow.
Tll¢ Water Authority will do every~
thing it can·to tlU'get the Chapel area for
line replacement in the 2005 capital
budget if a flow deficiency·ens.:s Public
. Affajrs Officer Brian A. Gould statoo in a
letter to Johnson on Tuesday. ...
.. But })OS&ible inclusion. innext:year's
capital bUdget wrul.not good enough for
"Ywcan't 1~ a ~of ~t~-
sure for a ye