Media Release


Contact: Christopher Carmody,

Capital Projects Eng. Tech.

Office Phone: 792-0320



Mohawk Valley Water Authority and New York State Department of Health to Perform Water Main Repairs



Monday, April 21, 2008:  The Mohawk Valley Water Authority (MVWA) will shut down a 16” water main along State Route 291 at the Barge Canal, Marcy beginning at 8:00 A.M. on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 in order to abandon an existing 16” water main and activate a newly constructed 16” water main.  This work is being done as part of the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) State Route 291 Bridge Replacement Project over the Barge Canal.  The rain date for this project will be the following day.


Areas affected:


Ø     Entire Village of Oriskany

Ø     Sunset Manor Subdivision off Woods Road


Residents of the areas listed above will be with water, however, it will be a lesser flow and pressure rate.  This diminished flow and pressure shall be for no longer than five (5) hours.


Once the abandonment has been completed and the newly constructed water main activated, residents in the affected areas may notice cloudy or discolored water when they use their water service.  Residents should NOT use the hot water faucet until the cold water faucet runs clear, since such usage will draw sediment into the hot water tank.   Residents should also avoid washing their clothes in discolored water as it may contain sediments that could permanently stain their laundry.


Customers are advised to store water for cooking and consumption before 8:00 A.M. on Wednesday, April 23, 2008.  Once the water main is activated, the MVWA will flush discolored water from the water main.  Flushing may take a few hours.  If customers notice discolored water coming from the cold water faucet after    P.M., they should run their cold water line for five (5) minutes.  If the cold water does not clear in that time, customers should wait one hour and try again.


There will not be a boil water advisory due to this construction effort.  The water supply will not be contaminated and safe water pressures will be maintained.


Questions concerning this notice may be directed to the Water Authority at 792-0301.