New Water Tank Reservoir (Lake Road)
It’s perhaps the least known of the current major construction projects underway in the area, yet it’s the key to virtually all other development pending in Sleepy Hollow. It’s also crucial to ensuring a safe, reliable supply of water for all of Sleepy Hollow’s residents and commercial properties for decades to come. We’re talking about the new 1.62 million gallon water storage reservoir being constructed adjacent to Lake Road in Pocantico Hills.
The $6 million project is primarily funded by federal and state grants and zero-interest loans administered by the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation, with additional contributions from private developers building in Sleepy Hollow. The storage tank is being built on land owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and administered by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the village is grateful for the support of these two organizations. The village’s current water storage tank, located in the Rockefeller State Park Preserve, holds only 800,000 gallons, far below the minimum “one-day supply” required by the state as back-up should the flow from the Catskill Aqueduct be interrupted. In addition to supply concerns, current capacity does not permit additional development in the village. When the new, underground storage tank is integrated with Sleepy Hollow’s supply lines in spring of 2017, it will triple Sleepy Hollow’s water storage capacity.