Water & Sewer

The Water and Sewer Division of the DPW works to provide safe drinking water throughout the Village. Along with the responsibility for conveying potable water through 40 miles of water mains from village wells, the Water and Sewer Division staff are also responsible for maintaining 33 miles of sewer main lines from the connection on your property to the Waste Water Treatment Plant located on Route 3 about one mile to the Northeast of the Village.



Dave Lewis

Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator





The Water & Sewer Division's responsibilities include:


  • Operation of the Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP)
  • Inspection and maintenance of the sanitary sewer mains
  • Mandated Department of Environmental Conservation / Environmental Protection Agency (DEC/EPA) laboratory testing
  • Operation and maintenance of Village-owned lift stations
  • Maintenance of water and sewer mains as outlined in agreements with the towns of Harrietstown, St. Armand, and North Elba (the WWTP also accepts sewage from the state and federal correctional facilities in Ray Brook).
  • Delivery of fresh drinking water to Village residents and water district customers.
  • Mandated Department of Health (DOH) daily monitoring of approved sites for chlorine residuals (used for Disinfection) and zinc orthophosphate residuals (used for corrosion control).
  •  Maintain water mains and laterals to the curb of homes




The Village works to set water and sewer rates each year. To find out the current year's rates visit the Water and Sewer Rates Schedule.



Water and Sewer charges are billed as follows, with each due date falling on the last day of the month with the exception of weekends. In the event that the last day of the month falls on a weekend, then payments are due on the last Friday of the month. 


  • 1st Billing Quarter covers March, April, and May. Billed on July 1st, Due Date July 31st.
  • 2nd Billing Quarter covers June, July, and August. Billed on October 1st, Due Date October 31st.
  • 3rd Billing Quarter covers September, October, and November. Billed on January 2nd, Due Date January 31st.
  • 4th Billing Quarter covers December, January, and February. Billed on April 1st, Due Date April 30th.

*The Village does not do special meter readings for the closing of properties

*If a property is located within the Village, outstanding bills must be paid in full by April 30th or the remaining amount will be relevied on the Village Property Tax Bill

*If property is located within a district, outstanding bills must be paid in full by October 31st or it will be relevied on the Town Property Tax Bill

*Bills unpaid after each due date are charged 1.5% per month interest on unpaid balance

Residents inside the Village: 
The Village owns the water lateral from the main curb stop or property line, whichever one comes first.  The property owner owns from the curb stop or property line to the house including all interior plumbing.  The property owner is responsible for purchasing the water meter from the Village if needed and is responsible for protecting the water meter from freezing and tampering.  Residents will receive one free courtesy check of their water meter to ensure that the meter is functioning properly.  If a meter check is requested after this, there is a $50.00 charge unless the meter is found to be defective.  Property owners are responsible for any leaks, including the water meter, unless the water meter is defective. 
Residents outside the Village or in a Water District:
The Property owner owns the water lateral from the main, including the connection to the main to the house.  This includes all interior plumbing.  The information for the water meter is the same as inside the Village.

The System


Sewer System – the Village sewer system comprises 33 miles of pipeline, which includes sewer lift stations, gravity main and forced main, and hundreds of sanitary manholes. Age of sewer mains ranges from 1900 to present.  The pipe system includes clay tile pipe, plastic pipe, and cast-iron pipe.     


Water System – the Village water system is comprised of 40 miles of pipeline which includes transmission mains, distribution mains and service lines. Age of pipelines range from 1950 to present. The water system includes cast-iron, ductile iron, and high-density polyethylene pipes. The system also includes fire hydrants and approximately 2,135 water meters. 


Waste Water Treatment Facility –The WWTP treats and average daily flow of 1.8 million gallons per day. Leftover sludge is transported to the Franklin County Landfill.


The CDC has provided wastewater testing for COVID-19 strains, the program is part of a national effort to track where the virus is in the population. To find out more about the National Wastewater Surveillance System Program, visit the CDC's website. The Village is participating in this program. If you have any questions about the Village's participation, reach out to the Water and Sewer division, (518)891-3037. 



Water & Sewer Emergencies


In the event of a sewer emergency, a little trouble shooting can go a long way to quickly fixing the problem. If you are not the building owner, inform the building owner/manager of the problem and work with the owner/manager to trouble shoot in an attepmt to fix the problem. Some tips to keep in mind:


  • If the clog is in the building (such as a toilet) or in the service line from the building, contact a plumber. If the problem is not due to the building's system, the plumber will contact the Department of Public Works to ensure that the Village's system is functioning properly. 
  • Sometimes a clogged sewer main will cause a manhole to overflow. Please notify us if you see this happen.
  • If the sewer emergency appears to be due to a clog in a publicly-owned main contact us.
  • Contact us to report a water leak or water emergency.
  • During normal business hours (Mon-Fri 7AM-3PM), call the DPW (518)891-4160, or the Water & Sewer division (518)891-3037. After hours, contact the Saranac Lake Fire Department at (518)891-2333.

Village of Saranac Lake Code: Chapter 288- Water


680 NYS Route 3

Saranac Lake, NY 12983

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday 7:00am-3:00pm 

Saturday-Sunday 7:00am-1:00pm 

Residental Compost at the DPW

DPW Garage, ask for residental compost drop-off

95 Van Buren St.


​Hours of Operation:

​Monday - Friday 7:00am-2:30pm

Saturday - Sunday 7:00am-12:00 pm


Village residents with a valid compost permit may dispose of leaves and brush. 


If you have any questions or concerns regarding the compost facility, please call 518-891-4160.  


Compost Permit Application


More Information

Water & Sewer Accounts

cell phone

To set up a water or sewer account, pay your water or sewer bill, or for any other billing concerns, call (518) 891-4150 ext. 232 during normal business hours from 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Mon.-Fri., or if you call during off hours, leave a message and we will be sure to get back to you.

Water Quality Report

filling water glass from faucet

The Village of Saranac Lake annually issues a report describing the quality of your drinking water. The purpose of this report is to raise your understanding of drinking water and awareness of the need to protect our drinking water sources.

Water Quality Reports


Water Line Inventory

Water & Sewer Division Recognition

In 2004 the WWTP recieved the prestigious Andrew M. Weist Operations and Maintenance Award for a Medium Advanced Waste Water Plant.