Rombout Water District
The Town was compelled to take over the failing Hudson View water & wastewater works about 15 years ago. Hudson View was serving the community along Route 9D north of I84. Soon after the takeover, in order to improve poor water quality at the time, the Town made a deal for water supply with the city of Beacon to serve the Rombout Water District. A few years later, the Town commissioned the construction of a new sewer processing plant for the Rombout district. Even with these major improvements, issues remained. Even with better quality water now coming from Beacon, water still entered the existing Rombout distribution system that had an old rusting water storage tank located on Robert Kasin Way. This tank was not located high enough to supply water pressures that meet the proper standards. The tank was not able to sustain higher water pressure from Beacon and so the system pressures have stayed low since the takeover. Also, because improvements to the tank would have been quite costly, this was not considered a prudent option.
The County Department of Health was ordering that the Town upgrade the system and system pressure before 2012. However, the Town had to address a very large deficit in 2012. The deficit was resolved by Y/E 2015 which allowed us to begin to engineer and plan several long-standing infrastructure issues - including the Rombout tank. In other words, this issue needs to be resolved for Department of Health (DOH) requirements. The DOH agreed that if we removed the tank from the system, we could raise the system pressure to resolve the low-pressure concerns and avoid the maintenance (and cost) issues associated with the tank. This was possible because the Beacon water supply is located at a higher elevation and provides improved pressures. Using this alternative avoids the high cost of maintaining the tank.
Regarding questions about new development; the project is not being done in any way for accommodation of new development. Moreover, any property in the Rombout district shares in the capital costs of the district whether or not the property is developed. And, if a property is not in the district, the district requires a substantial “buy-in” fee.
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 higher-pressure zone 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.
How do I know if my property is in the Rombout Water District?
The Rombout Water District encompasses approximately 1,100 residents along the 9D corridor from I-84 to Castle Point. To identify your water district, check your water bill. The district you are in is identified on the first line of the bill.
How do I know if my property is within the Higher-Pressure Zone (HPZ)?
A list of the properties that are located within the Higher-Pressure Zone can be found HERE.
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What happens when the water pressure is increased?
The water pressure will be increased incrementally and slowly over a 5-day period, beginning on April 2, 2019.
All property owners are urged to check their plumbing system to identify components that may be prone to failure during the pressure increase. Past experience suggests that washing machine hoses and water heaters are the most vulnerable components of the plumbing system. Homeowners should also watch for wet areas in the yard that could indicate a leak in the underground service line.
Water pressure is determined by the difference in elevation between the water level in our storage tanks and your home or business. The greater the vertical difference, the higher the pressure; the lesser the vertical difference, the lower the water pressure.
Since elevations can vary in a neighborhood and even along a street, water pressure can vary between neighbors. It is possible that one person is in the Higher-Pressure Zone and their next door neighbor, or neighbor across the street is not.
Pressure-Reducing Valves (PRVs)