Art Smolinski, Water Superintendent
City of Oneida Water Department
109 N. Main St.
Oneida, NY 13421
(315) 363-1490 Fax: (315)363-9558
The mission of the city of Oneida Water Department is to provide its service area with adequate and reliable supplies of high-quality water to meet present and future needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way.”
Glenmore Reservoir, on Florence Creek, is the source of water for Oneida. The reservoir, located near Taberg, is approximately twenty miles north of the City. When Glenmore Reservoir was formed in 1926, a 20″ pipeline was constructed to convey water to the system of water mains in Oneida that had existed since 1883. This system had earlier been supplied by reservoirs on the south side of the City. In 1980 a water treatment plant was completed at Glenmore with the capacity to supply four million gallons per day of filtered water.
Besides Oneida, treated water is supplied to the Sherrill-Kenwood District, Durhamville Water District, Prospect Street Water District, the Villages of Wampsville, Oneida Castle, and Vernon, Stockbridge Water District, Taberg Water District, Town of Verona, Skenandoah-Highbridge Water District, and residents along the transmission line.
The Water Department is a self-sustaining entity. Water rates, therefore, are adjusted periodically to provide sufficient revenue for the supply and treatment of water, and maintenance of the distribution system. The Common Council establishes water rates on advice from the Water Board. The Board normally meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in the Water Superintendent’s Office, Oneida Municipal Building. The Board consists of five members appointed by the Mayor.