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Modeling Skaneateles water usage

Creating a record for management and development purposes:

Skaneateles' Devon Sullivan presented the start of a water system model and wastewater study to the Municipal Board at the July 19 meeting.

Skaneateles Municipal Operations Director Bob Lotkowictz hired recent graduate Sullivan as a paid summer intern to create a water distribution model.

'Models by their very nature are incorrect, the more complex it gets the better, but if it gets very complex, should just study the actual,' Sullivan told the board.

The village board and planning board can use these reports to negotiate with developers, who typically would come in with their own engineering studies.

Lotkowictz feels that with this model the village can start to really predict how future development will effect the village's water flow and its effects on the sewage treatment plant.

'We'll have this tool for capital improvements, we won't have to hire consultants, should save us thousands of dollars,' Lotkowictz said.

Board Member Dolmatch said, 'If we can present data that shows extended capacity (wastewater treatment plant), we can get lower insurance rates (also).'

'(It) shows diagrammatically how changes effect the flow in the system,' Sullivan said.

Sullivan is using open source, EPA software for the models. He said he used data from recent engineering studies, such as the Orchard/W. Elizabeth and the West Lake Street project, as well as DPW records since 2000.

Other factors:

? "There are five areas where water is moved into the town. These meters are all being updated.

All water is metered before going into the town reservoir.

New meters can compare actual flows to the predicted - the data from old meters is questionable.

Organize and document the piping, which hasn't been done previously.

It will study flow coming out of hydrants; All hydrants are tracked when demand comes in from firefighters.

60 to 70 precent of the sewer pipe has been replaced.

Sullivan recommended expanding model to include town for a complete picture of Skaneateles water usage.

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