Welcome to our webpage!  The Annual Water Quality Report has been posted and a printed copy is available at the Village Hall.

We welcome you to our new web page and ask that you check back frequently as we'll be adding new items and updating frequently. 



The Village of Speculator was incorporated in 1925 and is located in Hamilton County and the Town of Lake Pleasant.  We were incorporated under a special act of the legislature as we are 47 square miles.  The Village is the economic center within the Town of Lake Pleasant hosting many dining, lodging and shopping opportunities.  There are also recreational facilities and trails including our own pavilion, gazebo and park areas on and across from Lake Pleasant.  There are also mountain bike trails, snowmobile trails, downhill and cross-country skiing, ice skating in the pavilion, swimming at the Village beach, basketball at the Village court and much, much more.  Speculator welcomed tourists post-World War I when it became the preferred training site for heavy-weight boxing champions such as Gene Tunney, Max Baer and Max Schmelling.  We welcome visitors to our area and hope you enjoy the Southern Adirondack Mountain experience!  


Town of Lake Pleasant website - http://lakepleasantny.org/



                                          Village office hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Village Board meetings are the 2nd and 4th Monday except

Monday holidays when the meetings are held the next day.



Next Regular Board of Trustees meeting is Monday, June 25, 2018, Tuesday,

at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Hall -2875 State Route 8, Speculator.


The next regular Planning Board meeting is scheduled for June 26, 2018.
If you have business that needs to be reviewed and approved by the Planning Board,
it must be submitted by the Thursday before the meeting to make certain we have a quorum.
  Meetings take place at the Village Hall at 7:00 p.m.
2875 State Route 8, Speculator


- the current agenda is generally posted the Friday before the Board of Trustees meeting.
Planning Board agenda is posted the day before the meeting.


IPA/Navigators will be available to assist businesses and individuals with the
New York State Health Care Exchange
on Tuesdays from 2 - 4:00 p.m. at the Village office.
If you would like to make an appointment,
please call Becky Brenan at 518-866-5091 or Mark Finkle at 518-857-6705.
Becky or Mark will be happy to meet with individuals and businesses at your business or home
if you can not get to the Village office during that scheduled time.
Housing Assistance Program of Essex County, Inc. 
We received information from the Housing Assistance Program of Essex County, Inc.
who administers the Housing Assistance Program for Hamilton County.
Their "goal is to assist at least four households with the purchase of a home
that will serve them well and be affordable." There are income limits
and the funds are available to reduce the amount borrowed from a bank,
pay reasonable closing costs or provide repair assistance to correct code, health or safety issues.
Funds are available through a Deferred Payment Loan Program.
If you think you may be eligible you can download an application from www.hapec.org and click on homebuyer assistance.
Further information can be obtained by calling the
Housing Assistance Program of Essex County, Inc. at 518-873-6888 x15.

The Village of Speculator is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.

To file a complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html or at any USDA office or call (866)632-9992 to request the form.  You may also write a letter containing all the information requested on the form. Send your

 completed complaint for or letter to USDA by mail at  USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S. W., Washington, DC 20250-9410

or by fax (202)690-7442 or email program.intake@usda.gov

Tunney Park Dedication 8/28/14
Tunney Park Dedication
Village of Speculator
New Village Hall sign
New Village Hall sign!
Village of Speculator
The dock at the Village Park.
2017 Annual Water Quality report
April 27, 2018

Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for 2017

Village of Speculator Water System

PO Box 396

Speculator NY 12164

Public Water Supply ID #NY2004501



To comply with State and Federal regulations, the Village of Speculator Water System will be issuing an annual report describing the quality of your drinking water.  The purpose of this report is to raise your understanding of drinking water and awareness of the need to-protect our drinking water sources.  This report provides an overview of last year’s water quality.  Included are details about where your water comes from, what it contains and how it compares to State standards.  If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact Bonnie Page, Clerk /Treasurer for account questions at 548-7354 and James Desrochers for system operations questions at 548-5441. 

We want our customers to be informed about their water utility.  If you want to learn more, please attend any of our regularly scheduled meetings.  The Village Board of Trustees meets on the first and third Monday of each month at the Village Hall at 2875 State Route 8.  Meetings begin at 7:00 P.M.  In the event of a legal holiday the meetings are held on Tuesday of the same week.


Where does our water come from?

In general, the sources of water (both tap and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs and wells.  As water travels over the surface of the land, or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activities.  Contaminants that may be present in source water include: microbial contaminants; inorganic contaminants; pesticides and herbicides; organic chemical contaminants; and radioactive contaminants.   In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the State and EPA prescribe regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems.

The State Health Department’s and the FDA’s regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.  

Our water system serves approximately 408 year round people through 325 service connections.  Our source is two drilled wells.  Our water is disinfected with chlorine before it enters the distribution system. 

The NYS Dept. of Health has completed a source water assessment for this system based on available information.  The source water assessment has rated these wells as having an elevated susceptibility.  No significant sources of contamination were identified.  The wells draw water from an unconfined aquifer and overlying soils are not known to provide adequate protection from potential contamination.  Please note that our water supply is disinfected to ensure that the finished water delivered to your home meets the New York State’s drinking water standards for microbiological contamination.


Are there contaminants in our drinking water?

As the State regulations require, we routinely test your drinking water for numerous contaminants. These contaminants include total coliform, inorganic contaminants, nitrate, gross alpha, lead and copper, volatile organic contaminants and synthetic organic compounds. The table presented below depicts which compounds were detected in your drinking water.  The State allows us to test for some contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants do not change frequently.  Some of our data, though representative, are more than one year old.

It should be noted that all drinking water, including bottled drinking water, may be reasonably expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants.  The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk.  More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791) or the New York State Health Department at (518) 891-1800.


Table of Detected Contaminants




Date of Sample

Level Detected




Regulatory Limit (MCL or AL)

Likely Source of Contamination

Microbiological Contaminants

Total Coliform2






Any Confirmed Positive Sample

Naturally present in the environment.








2.2 (MCL)

Erosion of natural deposits.







2 (MCL)

Erosion of natural deposits.







1.3 (AL)

Corrosion of household plumbing systems.







15 (AL)

Corrosion of household plumbing systems.







10 (MCL)

Runoff from fertilizer use; leaching from septic tanks, sewage, erosion of natural deposits.

Disinfection Byproducts

Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs)







Byproduct of drinking water chlorination

Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5s)







Byproduct of drinking water chlorination

Radioactive Contaminants

Radium 226 & 228






5 (MCL)

Erosion of natural deposits

Gross Alpha






15 (MCL)

Erosion of natural deposits.


 1 – During 2014, five samples were collected and analyzed for lead and copper. The 90th percentile is equal to or greater than 90% of the lead or copper values detected at your water system.  In this case, five samples were collected at your water system and the 90th percentile value was the average of the highest and second highest value for both lead and copper.  The action levels for lead and copper were not exceeded at any of the sites tested.  Lead was not detected at any of the sites tested.  The range of copper levels measured was 0.021 – 0.078 mg/L.

2 - In September 2017, total coliform was detected in the monthly compliance sample collected at our system.  Coliforms are bacteria that are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other, potentially-harmful bacteria may be present.  Repeat samples were immediately collected at three locations in our system and all results were negative for coliform bacteria.  The positive total coliform result was not an MCL violation.  It should be noted that E. Coli, associated with human and animal fecal waste, was not detected in any of the samples that were collected.


Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL): The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water.  MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible.

Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG): The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health.  MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.

Action Level (AL): The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.

Non-Detects (ND): Laboratory analysis indicates that the constituent is not present.

Picocuries per liter (pCi/L): A measure of the radioactivity in water.

Milligrams per liter (mg/l): Corresponds to one part of liquid in one million parts of liquid (parts per million – ppm). 

Micrograms per liter (ug/l): Corresponds to one part of liquid in one billion parts of liquid (parts per billion - ppb).

Million Fibers per Liter (MFL): million fibers per liter is a measure of the presence of asbestos fibers that are longer than 10 micrometers


What does this information mean?

As you can see by the table, our system had no violations.  We have learned through our testing that some contaminants have been detected; however, these contaminants were detected below the level allowed by the State.


Is our water system meeting other rules that govern operations?

Last year, our system was in compliance with applicable State drinking water operating, monitoring and reporting requirements.


Do I Need to Take Special Precautions?

Some people may be more vulnerable to disease causing microorganisms or pathogens in drinking water than the general population.  Immuno-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections.  These people should seek advice from their health care provider about their drinking water.  EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium, Giardia and other microbial pathogens are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791). 

If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children.  Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing.  The Village of Speculator is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components.  When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking.  If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested.  Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead. 

Why Save Water and How to Avoid Wasting It?

Although our system has an adequate amount of water to meet present and future demands, there are a number of reasons why it is important to conserve water:

¨        Saving water saves energy and some of the costs associated with both of these necessities of life;

¨        Saving water reduces the cost of energy required to pump water and the need to construct costly new wells, pumping systems and water towers; and

¨        Saving water lessens the strain on the water system during a dry spell or drought, helping to avoid severe water use restrictions so that essential firefighting needs are met.

You can play a role in conserving water by becoming conscious of the amount of water your household is using, and by looking for ways to use less whenever you can.  It is not hard to conserve water.  Conservation tips include:

¨        Automatic dishwashers use 15 gallons for every cycle, regardless of how many dishes are loaded.  So get a run for your money and load it to capacity.

¨        Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.

¨        Check every faucet in your home for leaks.  Just a slow drip can waste 15 to 20 gallons a day.  Fix it up and you can save almost 6,000 gallons per year.

¨        Check your toilets for leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank, watch for a few minutes to see if the color shows up in the bowl.  It is not uncommon to lose up to 100 gallons a day from one of these otherwise invisible toilet leaks.  Fix it and you save more than 30,000 gallons a year.



Thank you for allowing us to continue to provide your family with quality drinking water this year. In order to maintain a safe and dependable water supply we sometimes need to make improvements that will benefit all of our customers. The costs of these improvements may be reflected in the rate structure. Rate adjustments may be necessary in order to address these improvements.  We ask that all our customers help us protect our water sources, which are the heart of our community.  Please call our office if you have questions.


Clerk-Treasurer - Bonnie J. Page
DPW Superintendent - Roger Blanchard Jr.
WWTP Chief Operator - Edward Scharpou
Responsible Operator in Charge - Water Dept. - James Desrochers
Land Use Enforcement Officer (Zoning) - David M. McComb
Fire & Building Code Inspector - Robert Benkovich

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