OCWA – Central New York’s Water Authority – held a press conference on Tuesday, June 18th, at its Farrell Pump Station campus in Clay to discuss how it operates during periods of prolonged high heat. Central New York was expected to experience temperatures into the 90s for up to five straight days. Periods of high heat can increase customer demand for OCWA water by as much as 50 percent. The total annual average usage is 36 MGD but during peak times, can go to up about 55 MGD.

OCWA is ready to meet the increased demand with its two main sources of supply, Lake Ontario and Otisco Lake. The Lake Ontario Water Treatment Plant produces an average of 18 MGD with a capacity of 50 MGD and provides the supply needed for extra water usage. The Otisco Lake Water Treatment Plant produces an average of 17 MGD with a permitted capacity of 20 MGD. An additional amount of 1 MGD is obtained from the City of Syracuse and comes from Skaneateles Lake. That’s a total capacity of over 70 MGD!

OCWA also has 63 storage facilities with a total volume of 170 MG. The facilities are distributed throughout the water system to provide the capacity right where it is needed.

Learn more about OCWA’s sources of water on The Authority’s website here.

View media coverage of the press conference here:

Spectrum Local News

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CNY Central

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OCWA—Central New York’s Water Authority—was established by act of the New York State Legislature in 1951 and currently serves 500,000 residents in Onondaga, Oswego, Madison, Cayuga, and Oneida counties. The Authority is among the 125 largest public drinking water systems in the country, operating two major water treatment facilities, over 2,200 miles of main, 14,150+ fire hydrants, 63 storage facilities, and 48 pump stations.