Twenty-Two Point Six Million Gallons Per Day (22.6 MGD) -- That is the amount of water that the Mohawk Valley Water Authority is limited to taking based on Judge Hester's Order that MVWA has the "right to divert at the Hinckley Reservoir water flow at a rate not to exceed 35 cubic feet per second . . . " [cfs - emphasis mine]
Per Today's OD
"Based on current water use, this ruling provides sufficient room to, at the very least, allow us to move forward and address the immediate needs of the towns that have requested water permits," authority Executive Director Patrick Becher said. "And this decision clears the way for the state now to provide drinking water to people who need it without fear of litigation.” . . .
Assemblyman David Townsend, R-Sylvan Beach, said despite the ruling, water line expansion should be possible in Westmoreland, Kirkland and Schuyler, since that water is already accounted for.
“I believe there was always enough water to do those,” he said.
OH REALLY? -- Let's put this 22.6 MGD in perspective.
Here are some figures from p. 30 of MVWA's Series 2003 Bond Prospectus:
While Average Daily Demand equals about 19 MGD (this blogger has seen higher numbers in MVWA engineering reports) Maximum Daily Demand equals 25 MGD -- or 38.68 CFS -- which would exceed Judge Hester's Order.
Perhaps there is enough storage in the MVWA system to handle the Maximum Demand days to avoid drawing more than 35 cfs from Hinckley . . . but it seems too close for comfort. What should be clear is that while Messrs. Becher and Townsend would like extend water service to NEW areas allowing people to get off wells, that will leave NO WATER for increased use in the areas that MVWA already serves. If water is supplied to new housing developments what is left for industrial development?We can kiss the Marcy Nanocenter "Goodbye" because where oh where would we get the extra 3 MGD it would need to operate?
Of particular concern, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente said, is what happens to the authority's plans to extend water lines into potential growth areas in Kirkland, Westmoreland and western Oneida County. The authority has also hoped to extend water lines eastward into the Herkimer County towns of Frankfort and Schuyler.
“It’s not good for job growth,” Picente said. “This decision clearly puts a whole new twist on our water issues and how we deal with it.”
Mr. Picente's concern is misplaced. The county already has a study (done in 1968 by Malcolm Pirnie) that shows that Non-Hinckley water resources are available to supply significant growth in central and western Oneida County, and recommends that they be used. That same study, however, shows that there are almost no water supply alternatives available for Utica and its Suburbs other than Hinckley.
Congratulations MVWA! Your actions have doomed Greater Utica to NO GROWTH.