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Video: Rochester City Manager Discusses Water Works

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ROCHESTER – City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick is pleased to unveil the latest chapter of the City Manager’s Corner video.

The City Manager’s Corner, a video series in which City Manager Fitzpatrick and his staff discuss a variety of city government topics, is released approximately every other month on the city’s video hub.

In this episode, Ian Rohrbacher, Chief Operator of Rochester’s Water Treatment Facility, joins City Manager Fitzpatrick to discuss the history of Rochester’s water department, where the city’s drinking water comes from and the infrastructure and treatment processes involved in bringing water from its source to residents’ tap.

“As a City Manager I work with every department in the city,” said City Manager Fitzpatrick, “I usually shock other departments when I say the water department is the most important city service. I say this with sincerity because the one service we rely on everyday is our water.”

On location at Rochester’s Surface Water Treatment Plant, the source for a majority of the city’s drinking water, the first segment touches upon the history of towns and villages, worldwide, strategically built in locations near a water source, proving Rochester is no exception as the city’s Water Treatment Facility sits next to the Rochester Reservoir. The pair dive into some of Rochester’s unique history, noting that surface water has been the city’s primary source of drinking water since 1880. Today, Rochester still heavily relies on surface water from the reservoir to serve its residents.

“I can speak to the water system and probably 85 to 90 percent of our residents rely on the public water supply,” said Rohrbacher, “Rochester is a blended system, meaning we supply most of our water through surface water, however we do have a Groundwater Treatment Facility that extracts some volume from a stratified-drift well.”

In the second part of the episode, Rohrbacher and City Manager Fitzpatrick take their conversation inside the the treatment facility to explore the ins and outs of the facility, from the chemical feed and bulk storage room to the drinking water quality lab. While inside, Rohrbacher explains the infrastructure behind the entire extraction to distribution process for a behind-the-scenes look at how residents receive their drinking water everyday.

This program will be repeated many times on the City of Rochester Government Channel, Metrocast Cable Ch. 26. For the cable schedule and more information the Government Channel please visit: https://www.rochesternh.net/rochester-government-channel

For more information on the Rochester Water Department and Water Treatment Facility, visit the the city’s website for contact information and to the latest water quality reports.

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