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Fire Causing Low Water Pressure in Van Buren

An industrial fire between the Thruway and Interstate 690 is currently causing low water pressure for OCWA residents living in Van Buren. The chemical fire is at Syracuse Heat Treating at 7055 Interstate Island Road, Van Buren.  As of July 6 at 3:30 pm, OCWA is supplying upwards of 10,000 gallons of water per minute [...]

2018-07-06T15:34:55+00:00 July 6th, 2018|

OCWA Prepared for Potential Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)

With record breaking heat predicted for this weekend, water bodies across New York State once again may be facing the threat of a significant water quality issue--the formation of harmful algae blooms (HABs).  Shallow surface waters that are undisturbed and nutrient-rich, have the potential to form HABs when subjected to extensive heat and sunlight and [...]

2018-06-29T15:49:11+00:00 June 29th, 2018|

OCWA Wins Environmental Award

At the recent annual meeting of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), OCWA was honored to receive the Carbon Reduction Award from AWWA and the Great Lakes Protection Fund as part of the inaugural Great Lakes Water Utility Energy Challenge. OCWA’s recent 2.4 mw solar installation at its Lake Ontario Water Treatment Plant was the [...]

2018-06-22T14:46:53+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|

OCWA replaces Manlius pump station using entirely in-house staff, saving 25% of the expected project cost

This month OCWA will complete its latest capital project--replacement of the Academy Hill Pump Station in Manlius--using entirely in-house staff, resulting in an estimated savings of 25% of the project cost. Work on the project started on April 16th 2018, and consists of a complete mechanical rehabilitation of the pumping station. The overall building footprint [...]

2018-05-23T15:39:37+00:00 May 23rd, 2018|

OCWA says goodbye to Big Blue…

In 1970 when it was first installed, it was state-of-the-art.  The Foxboro Control Console (nicknamed “Big Blue”) measured over 20 feet long and weighed in at over 1,000 pounds.  Its switches, dials and analog technology were used to monitor and control the Lake Ontario Water Treatment Plant operation, including rudimentary telephone interconnections with the Raw [...]

2018-05-25T10:18:05+00:00 May 18th, 2018|

OCWA Celebrates National Drinking Water Week

This week, May 6 - 12, OCWA – Central New York’s Water Authority and other water professionals across the country are celebrating National Drinking Water Week. In 1988, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) first proposed Drinking Water Week and formed a coalition along with the League of Women Voters, the Association of State Drinking [...]

2018-05-10T11:28:41+00:00 May 10th, 2018|

OCWA Receives 2018 Safety Award

At a recent awards breakfast hosted by the American Water Works Association-New York Section (AWWA-NY) in Saratoga Springs, OCWA--Central New York's Water Authority--was honored to receive the 2018 Safety Award in recognition of its "outstanding initiative in the area of safety improvement and injury prevention." Among the specific safety initiatives referenced in the awards package [...]

2018-05-02T17:17:15+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|

OCWA Expanding Its GIS Capabilities

GIS, or Geographic Information Systems, are used daily by people across almost every industry. Whether it involves obtaining driving directions or doing an internet search for nearby restaurants, GIS queries data associated with geographic locations within a user-defined radius to make information more accessible and practical. Recently, OCWA expanded its GIS capabilities by hiring a [...]

2018-04-18T15:29:49+00:00 April 18th, 2018|