A rendering of what the completed plant will look like

ITHACA, N.Y. — The City of Ithaca has asked its residents to voluntarily conserve their water use over the next three weeks during construction on a new municipal water treatment plant.

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In a news release sent on Wednesday, the city said that during these weeks Ithaca will be “relying almost completely” on water supplied by neighboring water systems. The city is in the middle of construction on a new $36.7 million water treatment project.

The details of that project — and the reason for it — were detailed extensively in an in-depth Ithaca Voice story last November, “How $36.7 million is being used to improve Ithaca’s drinking water.”

As reported by the Ithaca Voice’s Nathan Tailleur at the time: The new plant, which will be built in the old plant’s location on Water Street, will feature new filtration technology, new settling basins, and an “interconnect building” with valves and meters for when the plant needs to borrow water from other plants.

Renovations are also being made to auxiliary parts of the water system including the plant’s reservoir intake structure and its Giles Street sludge press building.

The project is currently underway and is expected to be completed in September of 2016.

A rendering of what the completed plant will look like

The news release sent Wednesday afternoon is republished in full below:

During the current phase of the Water Treatment Plant construction project, the City of Ithaca will be relying almost completely on water supplied by neighboring water systems. 

As Bolton Point and Cornell University have to supply their own customers in addition to the City, we are asking that all City residents voluntarily conserve water over the next three weeks and limit any unnecessary water use. 

Your cooperation will put less strain on the water infrastructure and help to keep project costs down. 

Questions regarding the request can be forwarded to the Water & Sewer Division at (607) 272-1717.
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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.