New Process at the Water Treatment Plan

Saratoga Springs, NY – The City of Saratoga Springs Water Treatment Plant is taking a proactive approach to preserving it’s water quality, according to Department of Public Works Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco. Engineering firm Barton & Logudice recommended the introduction of a corrosion inhibitor, orthophosphate, into the city’s distribution system following a Water System Desktop Corrosion Control Study provided to the city in October, 2017. 

The Water Treatment Plant staff worked with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to review and approve plans to introduce the inhibitor in the system. Orthophosphate will be added to the system during the week of May 21, 2017.

According to the corrosion control study, the addition of a chemical inhibitor forms a protective film inside the water pipe to hinder corrosion and coats the distribution mains and plumbing fixtures to prevent the leaching of lead into drinking water. Adding orthophosphate to the system is an approved corrosion control measure by the NYSDOH.

“This is a step toward mitigating future problems,” said Scirocco. “Protecting our water quality is the top priority of my department and we’ve worked with DOH and Barton & Logudice every step of the way during this process. I wanted to make sure the public is aware of what’s happening at the treatment plant.”

In June 2017, the city received notice from the NYSDOH of lead level exceedences in 7 out of 60 households during routine water testing. The city’s public water sources tested at “non-detect” levels for lead, but the exceedence in households required study and further action. The next round of routine testing occurred in November 2017 and the results for 60 samples were significantly below the action level limit that was exceeded the prior June.

Residents can call the Water Treatment Plant at 518-584-1848 if they have any questions.