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News Release    

March 9, 2007      

For Further Information Contact:
William R. Steinhaus, County Executive - (845) 486-2000
Thomas LeGrand, Chairman, DCWWA - (845) 876-2630

Central Dutchess Water Transmission Line Project Earns Accolades
Project is Key Strategy in Groundwater Protection

Poughkeepsie... Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus and Dutchess County Water and Wastewater Authority Chairman Thomas LeGrand jointly announced today that the Central Dutchess Water Transmission Line Project will receive a Gold Award in the category of Water and Wastewater projects from the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC.)

Building the water line has been a key environmental initiative and is coupled with County Executive Steinhaus’ “Dutchess Goes Green” effort that he highlighted in his 2007 State of the County Address.   “The Central Dutchess Water Line will provide a reliable source of clean water to one of the fastest growing areas of the County and, in doing so, will support existing communities and future job growth, while serving as a centerpiece of our groundwater protection strategies by preserving our valuable groundwater aquifers,” said County Executive William R. Steinhaus.  “Through the collaborative efforts of the County, State, municipalities, IBM and the Authority, what began as a vision eight years ago is now a successful reality to provide clean, safe water for the families and businesses of the central and southern towns.”

“This is a project that was well-planned, well-designed, and well-executed,” said Authority Chairman Thomas LeGrand.  “By putting together a strong project team, the Authority has been able to deliver this large and complex project on time, and on budget.”

The 13-mile Central Dutchess Water Transmission Line has been constructed on the route of the County owned former Maybrook rail corridor from Overocker Road in Poughkeepsie to the vicinity of Hopewell Junction.   From Hopewell Junction, it follows County Route 31 (Palen Road) to NYS Rt. 52 and the IBM complex.  Funding for the $33 million project was shared by Dutchess County Government, IBM and the New York State Pipeline for Jobs Program.

The pipeline has the capacity to carry up to 10 million gallons of water per day.  IBM has initially contracted to purchase 2 million gallons per day, with water sale projected to begin in May.  Local municipalities have made requests to connect community and neighborhood systems to the line.   Water from the line is also being made available for fire fighting purposes via hydrants at intersections along the route that can be used to fill tanker trucks. 

The Central Dutchess Water Transmission Line project team included DCWWA Senior Project Manager Peter J. Fadden, P.E.; Savin Engineers P.C. and Hazen and Sawyer P.C. for engineering design services; and The Chazen Companies, Morris Associates PLLC, and URS Corporation for Construction Administration Services.

The ACEC’s  Engineering Excellence Awards are determined by a panel of judges from the professional engineering community and construction industry.  Award criterion includes technical considerations, the complexity of the project, social and economic benefits, and how well the final project meets the original goals.

The award will be presented at the ACEC New York’s annual awards dinner in New York City on Saturday, March 31.  The project was submitted for consideration by The Chazen Companies.



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