Work is almost finished on a system to allow Endicott and Vestal to provide emergency water backup to the neighboring communities.

Crews have been making adjustments to a 27-ton pump station that was shipped from Georgia to a site just east of Union-Endicott High School.

The $665,000 project was developed after sections of the Endicott water system were depressurized following the massive flooding in September 2011.

The link between the village system and the Vestal town water supply utilizes a ten-inch pipeline that runs under the Susquehanna River next to the Route 26 bridge.

Pumping equipment for the connection system is contained in a 40-foot by 12-foot prefab structure that arrived in Endicott in October.

The pumping station can be powered by a natural gas-fueled generator if electric service is knocked out.

The water line that runs under the river was installed in 1929. It had not been utilized for many years.

Workers now are busy testing the pumping equipment and making adjustments to ensure it will operate properly in the event of a water supply emergency.

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