OCWA–Central New York’s Water Authority–recently completed work on a new 500,000 gallon water storage tank in the Town of Camillus. Known as the the Oakridge tank, it replaces a similarly-sized tank which was built in 1966. The old tank was operated by the Town of Camillus until 2013, when OCWA took over operation and maintenance of the Town’s water system. Upon acquiring the system, OCWA performed a condition assessment of the Oakridge tank and evaluated plans for long term rehabilitation or replacement. The evaluation identified that the existing facility was nearing the end of its useful life, and that its tall, narrow geometry limited the useful storage volume.
A new tank design was completed by GHD, Inc. which included elevated storage and the project went out to bid in January 2018. Caldwell Tanks (Louisville, KY) won the bid and throughout 2018 and 2019, worked on the construction of a new one-half million gallon composite elevated tank. The tank was completed and became operational in late 2019.
OCWA is committed to improving its critical infrastructure in all areas. Therefore, in conjunction with this project, upgrades were made to the pumping station that serves the tank and the surrounding area. The improved system now has more stable pressure, additional water available to fight fires, and should not require major tank maintenance for the next 20 years.
If you have any questions regarding this project, please feel free to contact the OCWA Engineering Department at 455-7061 ext. 3131.