OSSINING, N.Y. -- The Village of Ossining and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced the completion of a conservation plan that will help the village reduce its water use, provide local residents with an incentive to replace outdated fixtures, and help local residents save money on their water bills.
“We are very pleased to partner with New York City DEP to further our commitment to make the most of every drop of water in Ossining’s system,” Ossining Mayor Victoria Gearity said. “This proactive approach to conservation saves money for our residents and protects our essential natural resource.”
DEP plans to provide up to $280,000 for Ossining to implement several of the demand management strategies outlined in the plan. The village’s preliminary plan for the implementation money includes spending $140,000 to repair leaks in its distribution system, and $40,000 on efforts to identify other leaks.
The village also plans to establish a voucher program to replace old toilets with more efficient ones at 500 homes throughout Ossining. The village plans to spend $100,000 on the voucher program, providing $200 to each participant. Village officials plan to work on the details of this program in the coming months.
An audit of the village’s water distribution system also found that Ossining was losing approximately 16 percent of its water through leaks. The village discovered several of these by using equipment that can detect leaks through acoustic differences in distribution pipes. The leaks discovered through this process included a 400,000-gallon-per-day leak into a local creek – a leak large enough that it accounted for more than 10 percent of the city’s 3.5-million-gallon daily demand.
Much of the leaking water was being purchased by the village from New York City’s supply system, and fixing the leak could represent significant cost savings for the village.
A copy of Ossining’s demand management report will soon be available on its website at www.villageofossining.org.