Affected customers within the Higher-Pressure Zone were notified in November that a Pressure-Reducing Valve (PRV) is required to help protect household plumbing appliances and keep internal water pressure within the standard range. Because water pressures have been historically sub-standard, we found that many homes are not equipped with PRVs. The Town Board recognizes that installation of a PRV, while necessary for some properties, is only required because of the upgrade to the entire system. All customers will benefit from the system improvement but less than half must install the new valve.
The Town has agreed that costs associated with the installation of individual PRV’s be funded by the entire Rombout Water District. Although the customers in the high-pressure zones who received the letter of November 9, 2018 are still responsible for the installation of their PRVs, the Town will establish a Reimbursement Program to cover the installation cost of the required PRV’s. Eligible residents can apply to receive a reimbursement of the actual cost of the installation of a PRV, up to $350. This will be a one-time reimbursement and customers will be responsible for the maintenance and replacement of the PRV’s after the initial installation.
For program details, a list of properties located within the Higher-Pressure Zone, the eligibility requirements and for the application (available mid-February, 2019), please visit the Town’s website: www.fishkill-ny.gov.
In order to allow for customers to arrange for the installation of the PRV, the system water pressure will not be increased until after April 1, 2019*. This delay is to allow customers enough time to negotiate and schedule the PRV installation. The water pressure in the system will be increased slowly over the course of the week of April 2-5, 2019*. More information on this will follow, but if you install a PRV on your home as recommended, if one is not currently installed, please ensure that this is done prior to April 1, 2019*.