The state Department of Environmental Protection has done a final inspection on booster pump stations and water tanks, which were given approval to be put into service, but the city is still waiting on permission to demolish the 100-year-old reservoir.
The construction of booster pump stations, water tanks and garage-chlorination building are part of a multi-year, multimillion dollar citywide water infrastructure project that is nearing completion this year.
Until the demolition request is approved by the DEP, the city will continue to use the reservoir as well as the two water tanks to supply water to residents, said Ashley Reed, project manager.
“The city essentially has three tanks right now,” Reed said.
Greg Rademacher, Corry Water Department licensed operator of record, said once the reservoir is approved for demolition, the city should be able to cut down on pumping water.
“Hopefully, as we bring the new water towers online, we’re going to be able to cut down on our pumping cycles,” Rademacher said. “Our water loss should start to clarify itself. We were losing a lot of water from the reservoir.”
The reservoir is leaking an estimated 300 gallons per minute.
Reed said as soon as approval is received to stop pumping water into the reservoir, she will notify water department crew members so they can make note of any changes.
H and K Services, of Leon, New York, is working to install chlorination equipment in a newly constructed garage-chlorination building at 1455 Sciota Road, where the former waterworks building was located. It is estimated to be completed in the next 60 to 90 days, Reed said.
After that final leg of work is completed, Reed said all the new parts of the water system — the water tanks, booster stations and chlorination equipment — will be complete.
The rest of the work reaching its final stages for the water project is restoration work at the water tank site and paving work at the garage-chlorination building, Reed said.