Water Fact

Water Fact

You could survive about a month without food, but you could only survive 5 or 6 days without water.

Raw Water & Backwash Return Line


As part of the Monroe County Water Authority’s (MCWA) Eastside Water Supply Project (ESWSP) construction has started on a 48” diameter transmission main and a 16”/14” diameter backwash return line in the east Webster area. 

The 48” transmission main being constructed in east Webster will convey untreated (raw) water withdrawn from Lake Ontario to the water treatment plant being built on Basket Road north of Route 104.  The 16” and 14” backwash return line will convey treated process water from the treatment plant back to the lake.  The mains will run cross-country from the Authority’s Lake Road pump station site to the water treatment plant site.  The cross-country route is located between Salt Road and Basket Road on permanent easements along back property lines and Pipeline Way. 

During the first phase of work, surveyors will work along the pipeline route to mark out easements (work) limits.  The second phase of work includes the actual water main installation.  The mains will be installed parallel to each other and approximately 10 feet apart.  Additional appurtenances such as valves and air release facilities are also installed at this time.  After installation, during the third phase of work, the mains are pressure tested to check for leaks.  The mains are then flushed and tested by the Health Department before they are ready to be put into service once the Lake Road pump station and water treatment plant are completed.  The final phase of work is final restoration in which disturbed areas are restored to their preconstruction conditions.  Temporary asphalt is removed and replaced with permanent asphalt and lawn and field areas are graded and seeded.  The contractor is responsible for getting all seeded areas to grow properly.


The schedule depends on a number of factors, but we anticipate construction lasting through the end of February 2012.  All restoration should be completed in the summer of 2012. 


You can contact our Customer Service department at (585) 442-7200 weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, or our Dispatcher at (585) 442-2009 weekdays before 8:30 and after 4:30 pm, and on weekends and holidays.  A Water Authority inspector will be onsite throughout construction.  Our inspectors carry an ID card and drive a vehicle with a Water Authority logo on it.  They are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Project Bulletin

Click below for a project bulletin with further information on this project.  This is an adobe pdf document.

Project Bulletin