OCWA Water Storage Tank Maintenance


The Onondaga County Water Authority has completed the maintenance work on the water storage tank located at 51 Corporate Park Drive in Central Square, NY and serving a portion of the Hastings community.  The elevated tank was built in 1991.  Paint systems on our water tanks typically last for 20 years or so.  As it has now been 22 years, the tank was in need of repainting.  While the tank painting project was being completed, we also conducted other maintenance and repair items to improve the safety and security of the tank.

A company that specializes in water tank maintenance completed the work, which involved removing the old paint first.  During this process, which is done through an abrasive blast method using air compressors, the tank was fully enclosed in a containment system.  This containment system allowed for easy collection of the old paint and blast material, and provided the best environment for the application of the first coat of new paint.  The new paint applied was a low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) environmentally friendly paint.  The contractor accessed the site utilizing the existing driveway off of Corporate Park Drive.  During the work, an onsite inspector monitored the work of the painting contractor.

The painting system and other completed improvements should keep maintenance at a minimum for the next 20 years.

If you have any questions regarding the project you can contact either the Project Manager, Debborah Owens at extension 3131, or our Executive Engineer, Geoffrey G. Miller, P.E., BCEE at extension 3153.