Beginning on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, the Kingston Water Department will be inspecting hydrants throughout the City. It is possible that turbid and discolored water could occur in some areas of the City. Any discoloration that may occur should clear as soon as the crews are done in a given area.
Thursday, May 23, 2013, we will be inspecting hydrants in the following areas:
Prospect St, Hylton Place, Marys, Montrepose, New, Orchard, Pierpont, Rogers, Spring
Andrew, Brewster, Susan, Staples, Summer, Pine Grove
PLEASE REMEMBER: WATER IS PRECIOUS - PLEASE DO NOT WASTE IT!!!
2013 MEETING CALENDAR
Judith Hansen, Supt.
(845) 340-9209 fax
111 Jansen Avenue
Kingston, NY 12401
98 Jansen Avenue
Kingston, NY 12401
Water Treatment Plant and Laboratory
1442 Sawkill Road
Kingston, NY 12401
The City of Kingston Water Department was founded on May 27, 1895 by a special act of the New York State Legislature to provide potable water to the residents of the City of Kingston. It is a financially and administratively independent department within the City of Kingston and is governed by the Board of Water Commissioners. The Board is a continuously sitting body and each member is appointed to a five (5) year term by the Mayor. The Mayor is a voting member of the Board. The current members of the Board include:
Joseph DeCicco, President
Shayne Gallo, Mayor
Among other responsibilities, the Board sets Department policy and establishes all rules and regulations which it deems essential to the protection of the public interest in the management of the Water Department as defined by the Kingston City Charter. The daily operation is under the direction of Superintendent Judith Hansen. As a financially independent Department, all revenues received from water rents and other related activities remain within the Department to fund its operation. The sales of water accounts for approximately 95% of the Department's revenue and no revenues are received from Federal, State, or local taxes. The Board establishes all water rates and approves all expenditures and the Department currently operates on an annual budget of $2,488,000. Copies of the current rate schedule are available by contacting the Water Department.
Source: The Mink Hollow Stream is the principal source of Kingston's Water. With its headwaters in the Catskills, near Tannersville, NY, the water is of excellent quality. This 8.6 square mile watershed is largely undeveloped and sparsely populated and approximately half of the watershed is under the jurisdiction of the Catskill State Park. Significant portions of this watershed are owned and managed by the City of Kingston and, in this way, we are able to exert direct control over the quality of this resource.
Water from the Mink Hollow Stream is piped into the Cooper Lake Reservoir. Located in Lake Hill, New York, Cooper Lake is Kingston's principal raw water storage reservoir, containing some 1.2 billion gallons of water. From Cooper Lake, water flows to our Edmund T. Cloonan Water Treatment Plant via a system of cast iron transmission mains.
Treatment: The Edmund T. Cloonan Water Treatment Plant was constructed in 1899 and has a nominal capacity of 8 million gallons per day. Treatment consists of Chlorine disinfection, direct-in-line filtration with alum coagulation, and corrosion control via the addition of lime. Although various improvements have been made to this facility, it runs essentially as it was designed and still provides for the needs of our customers. A series of improvements are currently underway that will ensure the Plant continues to serve our community well into the next century.
The Laboratory of the Kingston Water Department is located on the second floor of the Plant and is certified by the New York State Health Department for the bacteriological examination of water. Routine monitoring of various physical and chemical parameters also occurs in the lab. For a modest fee, the lab is open to the public for the microbiological examination of water.
Distribution: Water is piped from the Treatment Plant to the Binnewater Reservoir, our primary storage facility. Located in the Town of Ulster, it contains 12 million gallons of treated water and acts to stabilize pressure gradients on the conduits entering the City. From this Reservoir, three cast iron transmission mains carry water into the City of Kingston. Within the City, there are approximately 100 miles of water mains and nearly 900 hydrants. The system has been evaluated by the Insurance Service Office (ISO) of New York and has received a Class 4 fire insurance rating. There are some 8,500 service connections and the average daily flow is about 3.5 million gallons per day.
Water Quality: The quality of Kingston's water is excellent. It is a low alkalinity, low hardness product with virtually no color or odor and little turbidity. It has no discernible tastes and odors. Like all public water supplies, it is closely monitored by the New York State Health Department and the Ulster County Health Department and meets all applicable EPA and New York State Health Department Standards. Copies of the water quality analyses are available by contacting the Kingston Water Department.
2012 Water Department Budget
2012-2015 Capital Improvement Program
Kingston Water Department Rules and Regulations .
Water Sample Collection Instructions
Electronic Funds Payment Option Application