OCWA’s Will Bianchini Talks Drones To Overflow Crowd

Will Bianchini, a systems analyst and licensed drone operator with OCWA--Central New York’s Water Authority, recently presented to a standing room only meeting of the American Public Works Association's Central Branch chapter about OCWA's success in integrating its Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program with its Geographic Information System (GIS) capabilities to modernize public utility operations.   [...]

2018-02-08T10:40:20+00:00 February 7th, 2018|

OCWA to Invest $13 million in Capital Improvements in 2018

Over the past decade, OCWA has re-invested over $132 million in its five-county water system on strategic capital improvement projects.  The projects have helped reduce water leakage, improve system efficiency and prevent costly disruptions in service for our 500,000+ consumers. This proactive initiative continues in 2018, as OCWA plans to spend at least $13 million [...]

2018-01-17T09:54:46+00:00 January 17th, 2018|

OCWA Introduces Bill Pay Kiosk

With the New Year comes a new way to pay your OCWA bill.  If you happen to visit OCWA’s headquarters at 200 Northern Concourse in the Town of Salina, you can now pay your bill using the automated kiosk in our lobby. Customers can still pay with cash or check working directly with one of [...]

2018-01-12T12:12:49+00:00 January 12th, 2018|

Preventing Frozen Pipes

With forecasted record cold temperatures coming to Central New York, OCWA—Central New York’s Water Authority—is urging residents to take precautions to protect their outside water services and home plumbing fixtures from freezing. Water lines can freeze solid preventing the flow of water and may also break during extended periods of subfreezing temperatures, resulting in water [...]

2018-01-04T16:13:23+00:00 January 4th, 2018|

OCWA Finishes Work on New Meter Testing Facility

OCWA recently completed work on a new state-of-the-art meter testing facility at its corporate headquarters in Salina. The new facility includes equipment to test residential, commercial and industrial meters in a safe and secure environment. It replaces an outdated facility which utilized testing equipment dating back to the 1960s, and lacked the capacity to deal [...]

2017-12-06T16:23:02+00:00 December 6th, 2017|

New OCWA Fire Hydrant Inspection Program Helps Better Protect Community

OCWA--Central New York's Water Authority--is responsible for inspecting and maintaining over 14,000 fire hydrants in its five-county service area. Providing accurate documentation of inspections and maintenance reports for each hydrant is important for fire districts in order to obtain Insurance Service Office, Inc. (ISO) credit and insurance benefits.   To more efficiently record, assess and [...]

2017-10-27T10:47:48+00:00 October 27th, 2017|

OCWA Participates in National Water Initiative

What would we do without water?  How could we function without water? OCWA—Central New York’s Water Authority—recently took part in the national event, “Imagine a Day Without Water,” to discuss these important issues.  Specifically, we held a press conference with one of our largest and most important industrial customers, Anheuser-Busch, to talk about the importance [...]

2017-10-25T11:40:59+00:00 October 25th, 2017|

OCWA Receives Sustainable Water Utility Management Award

  On October 16, 2017, OCWA--Central New York’s Water Authority--received the prestigious Sustainable Water Utility Management Award from the national Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA). The Sustainable Water Utility Management Award recognizes water utilities committed to management that achieves a balance of innovative and successful efforts in areas of economic, social and environmental endeavors. [...]

2017-10-16T17:04:00+00:00 October 16th, 2017|

Important Updates re: Skaneateles Lake Algae Issue

In response to several inquiries, OCWA is providing the following updates to our customers regarding the Skaneateles Lake algae issue.   Click this link to view a map showing the sources of supply for OCWA’s five-county water system. The following is a list of the specific streets in the Town of DeWitt, Town of Lafayette, [...]

2017-09-21T10:07:38+00:00 September 20th, 2017|

OCWA Launches Updated Website

Today OCWA—Central New York’s Water Authority—launched a completely updated website at  The website includes the following new features: Water Alerts – the home page now conveniently lists all existing water outages or other system delivery issues throughout OCWA’s five-county service territory, including a map showing each specific location and the time that service is [...]

2017-08-30T13:34:53+00:00 August 30th, 2017|