Battle over Evans water tower could come to an end

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A decades-long battle could soon come to an end in a Western New York community. 

The state budget includes $300,000 for the design of a new water tower in the Town of Evans. 

Currently, the town gets its water supply from the Erie County Water Authority. 

The Erie County Department of Health first lobbied for the construction of a tower in 1998. 

They placed a moratorium on new development in part of Evans until a tower is built. 

“To add any new development over there would already decrease the pressure more,” said Evans town supervisor Mary Hosler. ‘We’re already dealing with water pressure along inner Derby area, Black Road and such so it only speaks that the need for this water tower is critical.” 

The total project is expected to cost between $5 million and $7 million. 

Town leaders hope to start construction next spring. 

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