NYCDEP plans to shut down the Delaware Aqueduct, the primary supply for the Consolidated Water District, from October 2022 to May 2023 to replace a leaking section of the aqueduct. The Consolidated Water District serves customers in Bedford Hills and Katonah. Use of our backup supply, the Cross River Reservoir, in August 31, 2021 caused significant taste and odor concerns from our customers due to Geosmin and Methylisoborneol, naturally occurring compounds that have an earthy taste and odor. Sampling by the Town since 2021 has indicated the continued presence of these taste and odor compounds, which are not harmful, but cause the water to be extremely unpleasant.
Due to this issue, and after evaluating alternatives, the DPW has developed plans to use the Harris Road well and Mount Kisco interconnection as our supply when the Delaware Aqueduct is out of service. Obtaining adequate supply from Mount Kisco requires installation of a new below grade pump station at the intersection of Green Lane and Plainfield Avenue. The yellow wrapped wires that you see are power lines that have been wrapped by Con Ed to ensure that the large equipment used to install the pump station would not come into contact with the power lines.
The project was designed by Town Engineer Hahn Engineering and the Town Board approved construction in June 2022. Construction is scheduled for completion in February 2023, and is funded through previously borrowed project funds and the State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
The new pump station will provide short term benefit and long term redundancy to our water customers for a more resilient future.
– DPW Commissioner Kevin Winn