News Release - Highland Reservoir to be Drained Friday

City of Rochester

News Release

(Friday, May 31, 2013) – The City’s Water Bureau is draining the Highland Park Reservoir today to accommodate cleaning and maintenance activities. City crews will open valves to drain water out of the reservoir at a blow-off connection in Highland Park near Doctors Rd. There is not expected to be adverse effects on residents’ drinking water or properties.

Highland reservoir will be out of service for approximately 5 weeks to allow for cleaning of the reservoir bowl and maintenance of associated equipment. The reservoir bowl will be hand swept, washed and disinfected before being refilled and placed back into service. In addition, three, 36-inch valves will be installed in a vault located outside the Highland Park Reservoir upper gatehouse. The piping for Highland’s chlorination process also will be replaced and its equipment upgraded. All work is being done by City crews. The reservoir is expected to be back online by July 8.

The 27-million-gallon reservoir opened in 1876. In 2010, the reservoir had a $3 million overhaul, which included installation of a synthetic rubber liner to eliminate leaks and a dedicated reservoir drain line to facilitate future maintenance. This is the second time the reservoir has been drained since 2010.


News Media: For more information, contact City Manager of Water Production Len Schantz at 428-7378.


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