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Operating OCWA’s Water System via SCADA

OCWA’s regional water system takes a lot of work to manage. Spanning five counties and consisting of over 2,200 miles of water main, it is a complex and dynamic operation. Our mission as one of the 125 largest public drinking water systems in the country is to provide safe, reliable and affordable water to our [...]

2021-01-13T16:21:54-05:00January 13th, 2021|

How OCWA Monitors Your Water Quality

Under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) sets national limits on water contaminant levels to ensure the safety of public drinking water.  These limits are known as Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs).  Currently, the USEPA has established MCLs for 88 individual contaminants (called National Primary Drinking Water Standards) [...]

2021-01-06T16:55:26-05:00January 6th, 2021|

OCWA Donates Gifts to Families in Need

OCWA--Central New York's Water Authority--recently participated in the Salvation Army's annual Angel Tree program in an effort to spread joy to struggling families during the holidays. The program involves local businesses and retail locations hosting special Angel Trees that allow donors to adopt "angels" by selecting a tag with the needs of local families. The [...]

2020-12-18T10:13:34-05:00December 18th, 2020|

December OCWA Employee Spotlight

As part of OCWA’s monthly series highlighting some of our dedicated employees and the important jobs they perform, this month we’re featuring Anson B. from our Distribution Operations Department.  Each month we’re asking a different employee a series of ten questions about his/her background, what he/she does at OCWA and some of the employee’s most [...]

2020-12-02T15:32:59-05:00December 2nd, 2020|

OCWA Completes Important Town of Camillus Water Project

OCWA recently completed improvements to its water transmission facilities at a busy intersection in the Town Camillus designed to streamline water flow and update system infrastructure.  The work involved the removal of outdated equipment and the replacement of a key flow control valve. Removal of Outdated Equipment A pair of large underground flow [...]

2020-11-25T09:49:06-05:00November 25th, 2020|

Watermain Break on Electronics Parkway, Town of Salina  

Residents in the Town of Salina are hereby advised of a watermain break on Electronics Parkway last evening (November 17, 2020) near the intersection of Bradley Street.  This caused low water pressure in the area.  Customers living in the Sunflower Drive neighborhood experienced low to no water pressure.  The water main was repaired last night [...]

2020-11-18T11:31:51-05:00November 18th, 2020|

November OCWA Employee Spotlight

As part of OCWA’s monthly series highlighting some of our dedicated employees and the important jobs they perform, this month we’re featuring Cody M. from our Otisco Water Treatment Plant.  Each month we’re asking a different employee a series of ten questions about his/her background, what he/she does at OCWA and some of the employee’s [...]

2020-11-05T09:34:06-05:00November 5th, 2020|

Avoid Latest Water Utility Scam – Overpaid Bills?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently alerted customers of water and other utilities to robocalls being made advising that you’ve paid too much on your bill. To get a cash refund, you simply need to press a number on your phone. You then get to a live person who wants to “verify” your credentials and [...]

2020-10-29T13:51:29-04:00October 29th, 2020|

Protecting OCWA’s Water System – Risk & Resiliency

OCWA—Central New York’s Water Authority—considers the resiliency of its water system a high priority.  As such, we have conducted risk and resiliency assessments of our facilities for nearly 20 years. While OCWA and other public water systems across New York State have been conducting such assessments for years, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) [...]

2020-10-28T08:55:18-04:00October 28th, 2020|

OCWA Celebrates National “Imagine a Day Without Water” By Highlighting Distribution Maintenance Efforts

As part of the national Imagine a Day Without Water education and awareness day on October 21, 2020, OCWA—Central New York’s Water Authority—is highlighting some of its ongoing efforts to keep potable water flowing throughout our expansive distribution system. OCWA’s water distribution system is spread over five counties (Onondaga, Oswego, Madison, Oneida and Cayuga) and [...]

2020-10-21T15:39:34-04:00October 21st, 2020|
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