New Castle Administrator's Report 12/18/2019
Administrator, New Castle
FAQs about our water during the Catskill Aqueduct Shutdown.
Q: Why are we getting our water from another source?
A: New Castle usually gets its water from the Ashokan Reservoir via the Catskill Aqueduct. This aqueduct is also used to provide drinking water to millions of New York City residents. The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has begun a multi-year project to repair the century-old Catskill Aqueduct. This project requires DEP to shut down the Catskill Aqueduct for 10 weeks. As a result of this work, New Castle’s water source will change in early-mid December. During the shutdown, we will get our water via the New Croton Aqueduct, which draws from the Croton Reservoir.
Q: How long will this last?
A: DEP shut down the Catskill Aqueduct in early-November, and it will be out of service through the end of January 2020. As a result, New Castle’s water source will switch to the Croton Reservoir in early-mid December. The Catskill Aqueduct rehabilitation project began in 2018, and similar 10 week shutdowns are planned in 2020 and 2021.
Q: Will I notice a difference in my water?
A: Some people may detect a difference in the taste of their water because it is coming from a different source. Waters coming from the Ashokan and Croton Reservoirs are exposed to different kinds of bedrock, minerals, and other natural features, which can cause them to taste slightly different.
Q: Is the water safe?
A: YES! All water that is treated at the Millwood Water Treatment Plan is thoroughly tested and exceeds the stringent requirements of the New York State Department of Health.
Q: Will the cost of my water increase due to this change?
For further information please contact the Millwood Water Plant at 944.0036 or 944.0037 and ask for the Plant Manager John Young or the Assistant Plant Manager Paul Steirs Monday through Friday 8 am to 4 pm.
The Last Meeting of 2019
Last night was the last Town Board Meeting for outgoing Supervisor Rob Greenstein and Council Member Hala Makowska. A “thank you” reception with speeches and proclamations was held before the meeting. The reception, as well as the Town Board meeting that followed, can be viewed at NCCMC.com.
Today, December 18, 2019 is Rob Greenstein Day in Westchester County!
December 19, 2019 is Hala Makowska Day in Westchester County!
Town Hall will be closing at 2:30 pm on December 23 and will be closed December 24 and December 25 in observance of the Holidays. Please note that times of closure may change depending upon the weather.
Town Hall will also close at 2:30 pm on December 31st and will be closed on January 1 for the New Year. Please note that times of closure may change depending upon the weather.
We wish everyone a wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy Healthy New Year. See you in 2020!