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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 natural processes can cleanse it.   That’s why we want YOU to Refill from the Tap [...]

2017-07-24T13:47:19+00:00 July 24th, 2017|

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, it’s important to protect your information on all of your electronic devices. Being more aware [...]

2017-07-11T13:10:29+00:00 July 11th, 2017|

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 typical causes of breaks in water mains. Main breaks are unpredictable, but when they happen, [...]

2017-07-03T10:19:32+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|

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 to answer the long time, unanswered question of, “What do those colors mean?” regarding hydrants [...]

2017-06-30T13:53:57+00:00 June 30th, 2017|

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 OWCA Employees: OCWA personnel will arrive at your home or business in a distinctive Authority [...]

2017-06-19T12:46:25+00:00 June 19th, 2017|

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”. OCWA will celebrate Drinking Water Week by recognizing the vital role water plays in all [...]

2017-05-08T08:46:01+00:00 May 8th, 2017|

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 need to thank Onondaga County Executive Joanne Mahoney and Onondaga County Legislature Chairman Ryan McMahon [...]

2017-04-18T10:53:22+00:00 April 18th, 2017|

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 associations to provide a new measure of public health protection to millions by implementing prevention [...]

2017-04-10T12:14:06+00:00 April 10th, 2017|

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 the safe, reliable supply of water to our 100,000+ customers. What is less obvious, and [...]

2017-02-14T14:02:57+00:00 February 14th, 2017|