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What happens to water treatment plant on Wells College campus after closure? Officials working through answer

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There’s some uncertainty, but officials are working through answering questions about a 90-year-old water treatment plant on the Wells College campus. This plant treats drinking water for the village of Aurora, drawing from Cayuga Lake. The arrangement of a municipality buying water from a private college is unique.

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Aurora Mayor Jim Orman has discussed the situation with Wells College President Jonathan Gibralter and the Cayuga County Health Department. State officials are also involved, according to reporting by The Citizen.

One main challenge is ensuring Aurora has enough certified water operators. The village currently has one certified operator and plans to train two more employees. Wells College has two certified operators.

Ultimately, some officials in the village believe they should be the ones to take over the plant.