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Importance of Shoveling Out OCWA Hydrants

Imagine being a firefighter arriving at a fire and you can’t find the OCWA hydrant.  It happens. Central New York snowbanks have been growing larger and larger as of late. While firefighters have a map of hydrants they consult en route to a fire, what happens if the hydrant is buried in snow? This time [...]

2021-02-24T11:47:18-05:00February 24th, 2021|

Preventing Power Outages from Impacting OCWA’s Water Supply

The news has been filled lately with disturbing stories about how cold weather in Texas has knocked out power and caused residents to lose such basic necessities as heat and electricity.  The outages have also negatively impacted other critical public utilities, especially water systems. While freezing temperatures are nothing new to Central New Yorkers, they [...]

2021-02-19T10:01:03-05:00February 19th, 2021|

OCWA Water Storage Operations and Maintenance

Water storage tanks are an important, visible component of OCWA’s regional water distribution system.  Operation, maintenance and rehabilitation of our water storage tanks is critical to our ability to safely, reliably and affordably provide water to our 500,000+ consumers.  These facilities not only help ensure that we provide adequate water pressure throughout our system, but [...]

2021-02-12T15:27:25-05:00February 12th, 2021|

February 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 Amy A. from our Administration 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 interesting [...]

2021-02-04T14:56:03-05:00February 4th, 2021|

Otisco Lake Watershed Survey

OCWA conducts a watershed inspection and monitoring program to assist with maintaining the water quality of Otisco Lake.  Typically, we have five college students who go door to door in the watershed and ask each resident a series of questions about your property, your water and sewage disposal system and environmental practices.  For properties along [...]

2021-02-01T14:38:45-05:00February 1st, 2021|

OCWA To Build New Water Storage Tanks in Camillus

This spring, OCWA--Central New York's Water Authority--is commencing construction of a new water storage facility at its Fairmount Reservoir and Work Center facility at 313 Hinsdale Road in Camillus. The existing abandoned open reservoir and currently in-service steel tank will be demolished and replaced with two new concrete water storage tanks as conceptually depicted below. [...]

2021-01-29T15:29:44-05:00January 29th, 2021|

January 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 Matt C. 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 [...]

2021-01-15T15:30:52-05:00January 15th, 2021|

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|

List of 2020-22 OCWA Neighborhood Water Main Replacement Projects

OCWA has established a proactive Distribution System Betterment/Improvement Project Program. This program focuses on replacing small-diameter water mains (12” and under) in neighborhoods throughout our service area. The replacements are aimed at improving water quality, system reliability, increasing fire flow in some areas, and maintaining adequate flows throughout the system. This program will help OCWA [...]

2021-01-07T13:15:44-05:00January 7th, 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|
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