Residents of Ilion have dealt with issues with their water for the past several years, but plans to resolve the issue are coming together.

On Monday, the village began construction on a water line that will bring water from the well system into the treatment plant.

Currently, well water is flowing directly into the system, fighting against the flow of gravity and leading to some of the issues residents have experienced.

But that project isn’t the only component of the solution.

The village is also in conversations with the Mohawk Valley Water Authority to create a line that would benefit five municipalities in the area.

This would drastically assist the village.

“We’ve got leg work to do yet. But I can see in the near future that getting taken care of, and again that gives us another water source that we desperately need here in the Village of Ilion,” said Ilion Mayor Brian Lamica. 

With these projects on the table, officials held a meeting Tuesday night to speak with residents about each program, and how much they would cost.

Currently, the projects are estimated to cost homeowners a little more than $250 annually, but additional grant money could lower that cost even more.

The state has given $3 million in grants for each project, and officials are hopeful more money can come.

Ilion residents have experienced discolored water and water main breaks in the past.