NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. - The Mohawk Valley Water Authority officially placed a new water storage tank into service on Thursday.
The new 1.2 million-gallon Snowden Hill Road Water Storage Tank will provide water storage for domestic use and fire protection for MVWA customers in the higher elevation areas of South Utica and in the Towns of New Hartford and Frankfort.
Constructed at a cost of $2.4 million, the concrete tank is 50 feet tall and 64 feet in diameter and has a service life of over 75 years. The Tank will support future Regional Water System growth.
The Snowden Hill Road Water Storage Tank is dedicated to Officer Joseph Corr, a New Hartford Police Officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty, pursuing a robbery suspect in 2006.
“It's greatly appreciated by our family," Dave Corr, Office Corr's father. "It's very much an honor, we worked hard to get this. It’s an improvement, and it's part of the community."
Dave Corr has worked on the board of directors for the water authority for several years.
"Dave worked very hard to make sure our board was focused on this," Patrick Becher, the executive director for MVWA said. "Since this tank will be serving the community, his son also served the community, so we thought it would be a nice way to commemorate the occasion and thank Dave."
This tank is the 9th new water storage tank constructed by the MVWA under their Capital Improvement Program.
Becher says the money comes from selling water revenue bonds.
“We sell water revenue bonds and the money, which is essentially borrowed, goes into an account to do large projects like this and we pay it back over several years," Becher said. "What that does is it allows us to spread the cost of a project like this over generations of users so the current users don’t have to pay the full price tag at once with large rate increases.”
The tank was constructed and finished within a year, despite the coronavirus pandemic.