Rhinebeck - Water Department


The Rhinebeck Village Water Department serves all of the Village of Rhinebeck and parts of the Town of Rhinebeck.

If you have any questions concerning your drinking water, please contact Chief Operator, Bill DuBois at 876-7331 or your Water Clerk, Pat Coon at 876-7015. If you want to learn more, please attend our regularly scheduled village board meetings held on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m., Rhinebeck Village Hall, 76 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, N.Y.


RATES EFFECTIVE AS OF JUNE 1, 2003 BILLING

$5.00 / 1000 Gallons of Water
Senior Citizen Minimum per Quarter....................6,000 Gallons
Single Family Residential Minimum per Quarter....9,000 Gallons
Commercial and Single Metered Multi Family.......12,500 Gallons

Users of 50,000 Gallons of water per quarter will be billed on a monthly basis.

Senior Citizen Minimum...$30.00 Residential Min...$45.00 Commercial Min...$62.50
Per Month...$10.00 Per Month...$15.00 Per Month...$20.83

Richard Cunningham, Rhinebeck Village Water Commissioner/Trustee in Charge
Bill DuBois, Chief Operator � 876-7331
Pat Coon, Water Clerk � 876-7015


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Our water source is the Hudson River and located off Slate Dock Road in the Hamlet of Rhinecliff, just south of the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge. Water is taken from the river in a 30 inch pipe extended out approximately 850 feet into the Hudson River, at a depth of about 20 � 30 feet.


  • The Rhinebeck Water Treatment plant is a conventional filtration plant utilizing rapid mix, coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration and disinfecting by the monitored use of chlorine. Orthophosphate is also added to reduce corrosion of customers� lead fixtures. Potassium permanganate is used as a pretreatment for the control of Zebra Mussels during the warm water months.


  • Our drinking water meets or exceeds state and federal regulations, stricter standards than for common distributed bottled water. The water system serves over 4300 people.


  • As State regulations require, we routinely test your drinking water for numerous contaminants. These contaminants include total coliform, turbidity, inorganic compounds, nitrate, nitrite, lead and copper, volatile organic compounds, total trihalomethanes, and synthetic organic compounds.


  • It should also be noted that all drinking water, including bottled water, might be reasonably expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the EPS�s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791) or contacting John Glass, Public Health Officer, Dutchess County Health Department, 387 Main Mall, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-3316 at 845-486-3404


  • The water treatment plant was completed in 1968 and is certified by the State of New York to product 1.05 million gallons of potable water per day. The system utilizes 25 miles of pipeline and a 2 million-gallon water storage facility located on Violet Hill off Hilee Road, Rhinebeck, enough storage for 2 � 3 days of water alone.


  • The water system typically provides between 700,000 and 1,500,000 gallons of water a day, or on average 8,000,000 pounds of water daily.


  • The water is tested by A- or AA-licensed operators at 8 different sites throughout Rhinebeck every two hours.


  • Water plant hours are Monday � Friday, 9:00 am. to 4:00 pm.

Why Save Water and How to Avoid Wasting It?

Although our system has an adequate amount of water to meet present and future demands, there are a number of reasons why it is important to conserve water:

  • Saving water energy and some of the costs associated with both of the necessities of life;
  • Saving water reduces the cost of energy required to pump water and the need to construct costly new wells, pumping systems and water towers; and
  • Saving water lessens the strain on the water system during a dry spell or drought, helping to avoid severe water use restrictions so that essential fire fighting needs are met.

You can play a role in conserving water by becoming conscious of the amount of water your household is using, and by looking for ways to use less whenever you can. It is not hard to conserver water. Conservation tips include:

  • Automatic dishwashers use 15 gallons for every cycle, regardless of how many dishes are loaded. So get a run for your money and load it to capacity.
  • Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.
  • Check every faucet in your home for leaks. Just a slow drip can waste 15 to 20 gallons a day. Fix it up and you can save almost 6,000 gallons per year.
  • Check your toilets for leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank, watch for a few minutes to see if the color shows up in the bowl. It is not uncommon to lose up to 100 gallons a day from one of these otherwise invisible toilet leaks. Fix it and you save more than 30,000 gallons a year.
  • Use your water meter to detect hidden leaks. Simply turn off all taps and water using appliances, then check the meter after 15 minutes, if it moved then you have a leak.

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