FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2022
Board of Water Commissioners Ends the Drought Emergency for the City of Kingston
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble and the Kingston Water Department are pleased to announce that the Board of Water Commissioners has ended the Drought Emergency.
At the Board of Water Commissioners meeting on Wednesday, November 9, the Board voted to end the Drought Emergency and downgrade to a Drought Alert. The elevation at the Cooper Lake Reservoir will be low for the duration of the remaining construction, and therefore the Drought Alert, which means voluntary water conservation, will remain in effect until further notice.
“We appreciate our residents’ cooperation in conserving water, and to the Kingston Water Department for keeping our clean water running for the duration of this emergency,” said Mayor Noble. “When the DEC mandated the work at Cooper Lake, we had no idea that our area would suffer such a severe drought combined with extreme temperatures. However, we had a plan in place, and thanks to the hard work of the Kingston Water Department and help from our neighbors, we were able to keep the water turned on for our residents with no service interruptions. We appreciate your continued voluntary conservation until the project is completed.”
Matthew Dysard, Kingston Water Department Superintendent said, “I would like to thank the Water Board for their support during the emergency. I would also like to thank Water Department staff who worked tirelessly throughout the emergency to locate leaks, communicate the situation to our customers, and ensure Reservoir #4 was brought online and remained activated to supply nearly 37 million gallons of water to the City over two months at the worst of the drought condition.”
To accommodate New York State-mandated construction work for the Cooper Lake Dam Rehabilitation Project, the level at Cooper Lake Reservoir was lowered 10 feet below maximum capacity in July 2021. This level must be maintained for the duration of the dam construction, which is expected to be completed by late summer 2023.
More at https://kingston-ny.gov/water.