OCWA Encourages Customers to “Refill from the Tap”

By: Gillian Sloan Did you know that if all the world’s water were to fit into a gallon jug, the fresh water available for us to use would equal only about one tablespoon? Unfortunately, this usable water is getting polluted faster than … Continue reading

New York State Department of Health Announces Free Lead Testing Pilot Program

By: Gillian Sloan $1.5 Million State Program to Test for Lead in Drinking Water Available to Residents The New York State Department of Health announced in March that it is a pilot program that will allow residents that are served … Continue reading

OCWA Joins Stop.Think.Connect Campaign

Stop and Think Before Connecting Online Did you know that there were “over one million web attacks against people each and every day in 2015”? As we continue to embrace the conveniences of connecting to the Internet on the go, … Continue reading

Water Main Breaks

By: Gillian Sloan Water main breaks happen for various reasons as a normal part of operating a water utility. Overly dry or wet weather causing the ground to shift, sudden pressure fluctuations, and the normal aging processes of the mains are … Continue reading

OCWA Hydrant Color Code

By: Gillian Sloan Question: What do the different colors of fire hydrants mean? Color means everything when it comes to fire hydrants. OCWA, Central New York’s Water Authority, has begun its summertime hydrant painting and maintenance program and they want … Continue reading

How To Identify Official OCWA Personnel

By: Gillian Sloan In an effort to ensure that our customers only deal with official OCWA personnel, we are providing the following tips to assist you in identifying an OCWA employee that may be in your area: Ways of Identifying … Continue reading

OCWA Holds Press Conference as part of National “Drinking Water Week”

    OCWA—Central New York’s Water Authority, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and water professionals across North America are kicking off National Drinking Water Week today with the theme “Your Water – To Know It Is To Love It”. … Continue reading

OCWA Receives $3.7 Million State Grant

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on April 13, 2017 that OCWA had been awarded a $3.7 million grant from the Municipal Restructuring Fund to support OCWA’s recent operational consolidation with the Onondaga County Metropolitan Water Board.   “First and foremost we … Continue reading

OCWA Wins National Safe Water Award

OCWA—Central New York’s Water Authority—recently received the national Partnership for Safe Water’s Directors Award for the 19th straight year! The Partnership for Safe Water was developed through cooperation among the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), states and water supply … Continue reading

OCWA Crews Hard at Work

During the winter season, it is not unusual to see crews from OCWA, Central New York’s Water Authority, spread out across our five-county service territory (Onondaga, Oswego, Madison, Oneida and Cayuga counties) working to fix water main breaks, thereby ensuring … Continue reading