Water Department

25 Court Street
Cortland, New York 13045

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
Telephone: (607) 753-3061
Fax: (607) 756-1732 for Administration or (607) 758-8395 for Pump House
E-mail: mwethje@cortland.org

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Annual Water Quality Reports for 2016

The Cortland Water Department and the Town of Cortlandville Water and Sewer Department are pleased to announce that the Annual Water Quality Reports for the year 2016 are available online now as a pdf file. If the pdf appears sideways on your monitor, click on "View" on the top menu, and then "Rotate View."

The report is also available at the Cortland Water Department Office. The New York State Department of Health requires that a good faith effort in distributing the annual report, either by mail or hand delivery, to every water consumer. You can expect yours soon.

Mathew Wethje, Chief Water Systems Operator (753-306l)
Peter Alteri, Jr., Cortlandville Water Superintendent (756-9637)

Adopt a Hydrant Program

The Water Department has an Adopt-A-Hydrant Program within the City of Cortland. Interested parties or groups can adopt a fire hydrant or several hydrants around the City. Paint, wire brushes and paint brushes to keep the fire hydrant bright and fresh are available through the program. The hydrant does require a little TLC -- Guardians agree to be responsible for its care by keeping the area surrounding the hydrant mowed and free from weeds during the summer and shoveled clear in the winter. Hydrants can be named and come with an adoption certificate. Adoption applications are available at City Hall, 25 Court Street. For more information or questions about the program, call 753-3061.


The Cortland Water Board was formed in 1907 to provide a public water supply in and for the City of Cortland.

The Water Board is comprised of six members each having a six year term. One Commissioner is appointed or reappointed each year by the Mayor. Water Board meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Armory Building, 25 Wheeler Ave.

The Cortland Water Board provides water service to some 5200 accounts with a population of 20,000 plus. Water production averages 4 million gallons daily (MGD) with one industry using 800,000 gallons daily. The water treatment facility is capable of producing 11 million gallons daily from the Otter/Dry Creek Aquifer. Water treatment consists of chlorination only.

The Cortland Water Board is an active member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA). Other memberships consist of Central New York Water Works Association, Rural Water Works Association, Cortland County Aquifer Protection Alliance (CAPA) and Cortland County Water Quality Coordinating Committee.