The City of Troy has been plagued by century-old water lines, but a $10 million state grant will replace a transmission line that more than 100,000 customers rely on for drinking water.
The replacement of the seven mile-long line that brings water from the reservoir to the treatment plant will be a major step in Troy’s efforts to update their aging infrastructure.
It all begins at the peaceful Tomhannock Reservoir in Pittstown—the source of billions of gallons of drinking water by way of snaking supply lines.
“We’re working with mains that are over 100 years old, so I’m not saying they’re in horrible shape, but obviously they’re at their lifespan,” said Chris Wheland, Superintendent of Public Utilities.
Those pipes carry the water to the plant in North Troy – where it’s treated in outdoor basins. Inside, the water runs through a series of filters until its safe to drink. Wheland says the grant will cover Phase 1 of the project to replace those lines.
“It’s going to be an expensive project, but it’s a very well needed project,” Wheland said.
“We’re delighted; it’s a large number,” said Troy Mayor Patrick Madden.
He says the ancient transmission lines have been cause for concern.
“Without reliable people aren’t going to invest in our community; they’re not going to live in our community,” said the mayor.
Aging pipes are a contributing factor in water main breaks like the devastating rupture in Lansingbugh back in 2016. The new supply line won’t have an effect on water distribution within the city, but it could set the stage.
“So after this is completed, we can start working on the infrastructure within the city limits itself,” said Wheland.
“If you have a water main break under a certain street you might or might not lose service to a particular neighborhood, but if we don’t have water coming in from the reservoir, then we’re all dry,” said the mayor.
One hundred thirty thousand people in Troy and surrounding communities rely on the water. Construction is expected to begin next fall and could take up to two years to complete.