Albany, on the Job

Even in This Crisis, the Water Department Delivers

Every day, Albany’s Feura Bush Water Filtration Plant delivers its standard 18 million gallons of water to the City of Albany. “We continue to operate at full capacity,” says Joe DeGiovine, the Plant's facilities manager.

Their job at the plant is critical, but even more so now during the COVID-19 outbreak. “We consider ourselves first responders,” says Joe. “Water is the first line of public safety. Safe drinking water is a basic human need. We need clean water for sanitation, and our firefighters also depend on it.” 

Clean water continues to flow throughout the City, and plant operators were on the phone recently with all of their suppliers to make sure chemicals used to treat the City's drinking water were still available and on their way.

Plant managers are ensuring employee safety by maintaining social distancing and putting up disinfectant stations around the plant. “Our staff is essential,” says Dan Rohrmiller, the chief plant water operator at Feura Bush. “Our operators are working around the clock, 24/7.” They’ve also covered each other’s shifts and are working in smaller crews, so if one person becomes sick, others won’t, and the plant can still operate at full capacity.

“We’ve been very fortunate here,” says Joe. “We’ve been able to keep stress levels very low and everyone is working together. We cannot fail. We’re committed to handling every issue as it comes.”