$1.5 million project to safeguard water supply for Rotterdam completed


The District #5 Wellhead project will help protect against flooding and ensure a safe water supply for the Town of Rotterdam.

Developed by members of the local NY Rising Community Reconstruction Committee, the project addresses damage caused by Hurricane Irene with a new, more resilient well that features elevated casting above the 500- and 100-year floodplains. With the District #5 Wellhead providing most of the town’s water supply, the strategic upgrades will ensure uninterrupted access to clean and potable water during future storm events.

In August and September of 2011, the back-to-back impacts of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee caused rapidly rising floodwaters to pour into streets and neighborhoods throughout Schenectady County. In some places, the Mohawk River rose as high as 28 feet, trapping residents in place and surrounding them by dangerous debris-laden waters.

Following the storms, system operators at the District #5 facility on Rice Road in Rotterdam had to evacuate as water came within two feet of the wellhead. The loss of potable water for washing, drinking, cooking and flushing toilets represented an urgent and profound health risk to the more than 12,000 households in the town.

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