Residents living in the Greenfields subdivision in Hyde Park were asked to reduce water usage after a fire damaged part of a waste water treatment system.
The fire Friday morning burnt down a shed housing equipment owned by the Dutchess County Water and Wastewater Authority.
The building was located at 9 Windmill Road in Hyde Park and 281 houses are connected to the system.
“The remaining treatment components continue to function, so the plant is able to continue to receive wastewater flow, but waste is being treated at a reduced level,” said Bridget Barclay, executive director of the Dutchess County Water and Wastewater Authority. The equipment outside of the structure was not damaged.
The plant was scheduled for a major capital improvement project.
“We are assessing how the damage will impact the construction project moving forward,” Barclay said, adding that the cause of the fire is under investigation.
The county is setting up a temporary additional treatment equipment and is asking residents to reduce the volume of wastewater going to the plant by:
- flushing toilets only when necessary;
- taking brief showers when needed;
- minimizing use of dishwashers;
- postponing use of washing machines;
- checking toilet for leaks;
- refraining from leaving water running.
Saba Ali; Sali1@poughkeepsiejournal.com; 845-451-4518
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