Residents in two Ticonderago communities are preparing for a change in their source of drinking water.

Water for the 109 residents of Chilson and Eagle Lake now comes from Gooseneck Pond. But under a consent decree related to violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act, Gooseneck Pond is set to be decommissioned by 2025.

The issue dates back to the early nineties, when the New York State Department of Health ordered that unfiltered water sources be treated for cryptosporidium. The department found that Ticonderoga had been in violation of the order since 1991.

Four years ago, Ticonderoga was threatened with a lawsuit that would have required the town pay nearly $54,000 per day of the violation, which would have cost the town over $500 million.

“The solution for bringing Gooseneck Pond into full compliance with the requirements would’ve cost, at that time, some $30 million dollars, totally unaffordable for the town,” said current Town Supervisor Mark Wright.

Much of the town has been moved to well water, but some homeowners, like former Town Supervisor and current resident Bill Grinnell, are now dealing with hard water.

Grinnell said he’s had to replace his shower head 3 times and other residents say they have had to replace pots and pans, and even appliances.

“The Department of Health told them that they had to start looking at the water problem, and one supervisor kicked it down the road to another supervisor, and that’s kind of what happened and time went by, and then they were actually threatened,” said Ticonderoga resident Frank Sheldon.

Current Supervisor Mark Wright said keeping Gooseneck as a source would have meant installing expensive treatment systems and other improvements.

“This area has been blessed for many many years that they had Lake George water and Gooseneck water,” he said. “The federal requirements don’t allow us to use that water without meeting safe drinking water standards.”

Wright says they are working with the , explaining their options, and he says they are trying to get federal funding to help.

But for Frank Sheldon, he wants the town to renegotiate the decree for the residents, which can be modified if all parties agree.

“The town has to decide if they’re in it for the people,” he said. “Mistakes were made. The question is, are you willing to own up to those mistakes, and look at a better solution that makes the people of the community happy.

The Department of Health said it “remains committed to ensuring municipalities are providing safe drinking water to the communities they serve. As there is ongoing litigation, NYSDOH cannot comment further.”

Water softening systems can cost $1,500, and the state does not have a program to help homeowners subsidize the expense.