Mayor Madden Announces Start of Major Infrastructure Project to Replace Water Transmission Lines Between Tomhannock Reservoir and City’s Water Treatment Plant

Mayor Madden Announces Start of Major Infrastructure Project to Replace Water Transmission Lines Between Tomhannock Reservoir and City’s Water Treatment Plant

For Immediate Release
May 10, 2021

TROY, NY – Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the start of a major water infrastructure project to preserve the reliability of the City’s water infrastructure network for another 200 years. On Monday, May 10th, the City of Troy officially broke ground on phase 1 of a multi-year effort to replace critical water transmission lines that connect the City’s Tomhannock Reservoir to the Water Treatment Plant.

During phase 1 of the project, two 36-inch diameter pipes totaling 43,000 linear feet will be installed (over 8 miles). Phase 1 construction is scheduled to take between 18 – 24 months to complete. The city released video of preliminary site work associated with the project, including staging of equipment and materials – watch via the City’s official YouTube channel.

Mayor Madden said, “Replacement of the transmission mains between the reservoir and water treatment plant is one of the most consequential and important infrastructure projects the City has undertaken since the water treatment plant was built over half a century ago. We are grateful for the assistance from New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation to secure funding for this critical project to ensure the continued delivery of water to Troy families and customers across the Capital Region. I want to thank our partners on the City Council for their support, and the Department of Public Utilities for their work to make this project a reality.”

Mayor Patrick Madden was joined by officials from the City’s Department of Public Utilities, and state & local representatives for a press conference and ground-breaking ceremony to kick-off the $39.34M infrastructure project. The project is being funded with a $10M Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grant (IMG) and $29.34M short-term market-rate financing (SRF) from NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC).

Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) President and CEO Joseph Rabito said, “Since 2011, EFC has helped communities in Rensselaer, Albany and Saratoga counties invest in more than 55 water infrastructure projects through grants and low-cost loans worth $369 million, including more than $39 million for this critical water line. Today’s groundbreaking here in Troy is the start of a project that will improve water quality for thousands of New Yorkers when it is completed.”

The City of Troy’s Tomhannock Reservoir is a 5.2 mile long, man-made reservoir located approximately 6.5 miles northeast of the Collar City. It provides over 21 million gallons of clean water daily to 135,000 customers in Troy and nine communities across three Capital Region counties (Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga), including the City of Rensselaer, the Towns of East Greenbush, North Greenbush, Brunswick, Schaghticoke, Poestenkill, Halfmoon, and the Villages of Waterford and Menands.

Monday’s groundbreaking coincided with the 55th anniversary of completion of the city’s Water Treatment Plant on May 16, 1966. Governor Nelson Rockefeller attended and spoke at the event, and officially dedicated the facility. Audio from that event is available here.


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About the City of Troy:

Incorporated in 1816, the City of Troy is the seat of Rensselaer County government and the county’s largest municipality by population. Situated on the eastern bank of the Hudson River, the City boasts seven miles of waterfront, a largely-preserved historic downtown, diverse neighborhoods, and several major colleges and universities. Troy’s history as the nation’s largest manufacturer of detachable cuffs and collars earned the City’s nickname “the Collar City.” A former steel & iron manufacturing powerhouse of the 19th and early 20th century, the City is now home to a growing hub of tech, game development, restaurants, and retail.

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