Westchester Joint Water Works News and Highlights
Seasonal Hydrant Flushing to Begin on March 28th …
Seasonal system-wide fire hydrant flushing activities will begin during the early morning hours of Monday March 28th and are expected to continue around the clock Monday through Friday for a period of approximately two weeks. As work progresses from section to section of our service region, updates via phone and/or e-mail will be provided just prior to hydrant flushing being done in a particular area. Localized, temporary water discoloration is possible during and following hydrant flushing. If you should experience discolored water conditions, do not use hot water or do laundry while the condition lasts. To clear the condition, run cold water on the lowest level of your home for several minutes until the water runs clear. While discolored water is not aesthetically pleasing it is safe to use and drink. As always, we will make best efforts to minimize the impacts and inconvenience to our customers while we work to maintain high water quality and reliable service.
What’s In Our Drinking Water…
WJWW publishes and mails annually to all of its customers, a water quality report which provides a wide variety of information about the WJWW system including analytical testing results. The water quality report is also available in its entirety on this website (See navigation sidebar to left). To access the “Analytical Testing Results” section of the water quality report directly, click here.
Unauthorized Solicitations for Payment of Water Bills:
Please be advised that unauthorized individuals have been demanding payment of water bills over the phone under threat of discontinuance of water service. If you receive such a call, do not provide the caller with any financial information, but do contact your local Police and the Westchester Joint Water Works.
Water System Maintenance and Status Updates:
For updates regarding water system emergencies, water main repairs, water service interruptions, water quality/pressure issues, advisories, etc … click here.
Now that temperatures are dropping, make sure that any exposed water pipes are properly insulated and winterized…
With freezing temperatures setting in, make sure that your irrigation system has been properly winterized by a licensed contractor. Also be sure to insulate any exposed water pipes and to turn off and drain any exterior hose connections. Burst pipes can cause significant water loss and extensive damage to your home.
WJWW Rye Lake Emergency Generator Project
Improvements to the Westchester Joint Water Works (WJWW) water pumping station/treatment facilities at 900 Lake Street in the Town of Harrison, New York involving the purchase and installation of new emergency standby generators is being financed by the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). The DWSRF is administered by the NYS Department of Health and the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation with joint funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and New York State.
This project is intended to mitigate the impact of primary electrical power failures, due to storms or other causes, by providing additional emergency back-up electrical power to maintain uninterrupted operations at water pumping/treatment facilities for one of two primary water sources for WJWW, thus benefitting the community members served by the WJWW water system. DWSRF programs operate around the country to provide states and communities the resources necessary to maintain and improve the infrastructure that protects our valuable water resources nationwide.
Please Take Note…
Irrigation Association of New York…
The WJWW is a proud member of the IANY, a great resource for those with irrigation systems. Please remember to have your irrigation system checked for leaks when it is activated this Spring to avoid costly water bills and don’t forget that your irrigation system must have in place an approved, testable backflow prevention device (if you’re not sure or don’t have a backflow prevention device installed and on file with WJWW, call 914-698-3500). For irrigation related water saving tips form the IANY ... click here.
Protecting Our Public Water Supply…
Due to the potential for contamination of the public water supply system, please be advised that Federal, State and WJWW regulations require that you have a certified and tested backflow prevention device(s) in place if you currently have or plan to install systems/devices, in your home or on your property, including but not limited to the following: lawn/garden irrigation system, fire suppression system, fire hydrant, swimming pool, fountain, private well. For New York State Department of Health regulation click here.
To comply with current regulations, the backflow prevention device(s) must be:
- Approved by WJWW for water services of any size with additional approval from the Westchester County Department of Health for water services of greater than 2 inches in size;
- Inspected by WJWW for water services of 2 inches and less;
- Inspected by design engineer for water services greater than 2 inches;
- Tested successfully by a certified backflow tester within the past 12 months (Backflow devices must be tested annually and the results submitted to WJWW
If you as a residential customer are unsure as to whether your property is in compliance with this regulation, please contact WJWW as soon as possible to have your situation assessed so as to avoid potential liability, violations and penalties.
Commercial/Industrial/Institutional customers please take note that backflow prevention is always required and regulations pertaining to your facilities/processes can involve many more factors, so please contact the WJWW with any questions regarding your particular situation.
Westchester Joint Water Works Asks Residents and Office Customers to Check Their Irrigation Systems, Use Water Wisely and “Fix a Leak”
Westchester Joint Water Works (WJWW), as well as the Town of Harrison, The Town of Mamaroneck and the Village of Mamaroneck are again encouraging their residents and commercial customers to check their irrigation systems, use water wisely and look for and fix any leaks in homes and office buildings. Below are simple facts that homeowners should be aware of regarding irrigation systems and leaks in household fixtures.
All WJWW customers with irrigation systems are reminded of the following: