Poughkeepsie . . . Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus and Dutchess County Water and Wastewater Authority Chairman Thomas LeGrand announced today the Central Dutchess Water Transmission Line Project (CDWTL) is on line and delivering water to IBM at the Hudson Valley Technology Park in the Town of East Fishkill
The Central Dutchess Water Transmission Line project runs 13 miles from Poughkeepsie to East Fishkill, over much of the former Maybrook rail corridor, transporting water from the Hudson River to the south central Dutchess area. County Executive Steinhaus initiated the project in 1998 when he launched an effort with other community leaders. The transmission line has the capacity to carry up to 10 million gallons of water per day. The Authority purchases water for the CDWTL from the joint Poughkeepsie water treatment plant which draws water from the Hudson River. IBM has initially contracted to purchase 2 million gallons per day, with water sales having commenced in July.
“The Central Dutchess Water Transmission Line is the single most significant environmental groundwater protection initiative and long term economic development project in Dutchess County’s history,” said County Executive Steinhaus. “We have put major infrastructure in place to provide a reliable source of clean water to one of the fastest growing areas of the County and, in doing so, support existing communities and future job growth.”
Funding for the $33 million project was shared by Dutchess County Government, IBM and the New York State Pipeline for Jobs Program, administered by the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation. “Together we have created infrastructure that will benefit our County for generations to come by stimulating economic development and job creation, while providing safe, clean water to residents and businesses. And thanks to our partnership, the County paid for less than one-third of the project’s total. And we are pleased to say the Authority brought this project in under budget,” said County Executive Steinhaus.
The Authority is also working with local municipalities including the Town of East Fishkill to develop water sale agreements to serve the Hopewell Glen Water District (planned subdivision), and the Lake Walton Water District (planned subdivision). Southeastern Container, Inc. has also inquired about a possible purchase for drinking water at their facility on Airport Road in the Town of Wappinger.
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. Several area fire districts will be taking advantage of the pipeline including East Fishkill Fire District, New Hackensack Fire District and LaGrange Fire District.
“The completion and successful delivery of the Central Dutchess Water Transmission Line is accomplishment all of us at the Authority are very proud of. It is a true testament to the hard work of everyone involved. This project was well-planned, well-designed, and well-executed from start to finish,” 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.”
Under the guidance of DCWWA Executive Director Scott Chase, the Central Dutchess Water Transmission Line project construction team included DCWWA Deputy Director, Bridget Barclay; Senior Project Manager, Peter J. Fadden, P.E.; Savin Engineers P.C. and Hazen and Sawyer P.C. for engineering design services; as well as the Chazen Companies, Morris Associates PLLC, and URS Corporation for Construction Administration Services. The Construction Contractors included: Cruz Construction Corporation, Waltech Construction Corp., Tri-Co Electrical Corporation, C. B. Strain & Sons, Inc., and S&O Construction Services, Inc..
The Project received an Engineering Excellence Gold Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC) in March, 2007. Award criterion included technical considerations, the complexity of the project, social and economic benefits, and how well the final project meets the original goals.
“Through the collaborative efforts of the County, State, municipalities, IBM and the Authority, our vision to make available clean, safe water for the families and businesses of the county’s central and southern towns has become a reality,” concluded County Executive Steinhaus.