Water Division

Each year, the Town of Bethlehem delivers approximately 1.6 billion gallons of clean drinking water to more than 11,600 homes and businesses through 227 miles of pipes.  The system also supports 1,670 fire hydrants that are vital for community safety.


Our water comes from four major sources: the Vly Creek Reservoir and New Scotland Wellfield, the Selkirk Wellfield, and the Albany Aqueduct.

Vly Creek Reservoir
New Salem Water Plant

Water from the Vly Creek Reservoir and New Scotland Wellfield are treated at our New Salem Water Treatment Plant in the Town of New Scotland, while water from the Selkirk Wellfield is treated at our Clapper Road Water Treatment Plant in the Town of Bethlehem.  Water purchased from the City of Albany comes from the Alcove Reservoir in the Town of Coeymans and is treated prior to delivery via the Albany Aqueduct.

Contact and Emergencies

Contact the Water Division at 518-439-4955, option 4, in order to:
  • report problems with water main or water meters, or
  • water quality concerns (online form), or
  • get information or assistance with water tap installations or maintenance.
For after-hour and weekend sewer and water emergencies, please contact the Police Department at 518-439-9973.

Trihalomethane Update - December 2019

As you may recall, the Town of Bethlehem was exceeding the federal drinking water standards for total trihalomethanes (TTHM) at one of our four system-wide sampling locations. The Town made TTHM compliance our first priority for our Water Treatment and Engineering Divisions, and a multi-phased approach was taken to get us back into compliance. First, the Town and our selected engineering consultant designed major improvements to our Clapper Road Water Treatment Plant that are currently under construction. Second, the Town designed and constructed a new section of water main along River Road in Glenmont that helped deliver fresher water to the area of the sampling site that was exceeding the TTHM regulation. Finally, the Town installed an automatic flushing station at the sampling location that flushes water out of the pipe every day.

Due to the hard work and efforts of our DPW team, the last two rounds of sampling show that the Town's drinking water now meets the state and federal regulatory compliance levels for TTHM. If you have any questions about trihalomethanes or the work being done at our Clapper Road Water Treatment Plant, please feel free to contact the Department of Public Works at 518-439-4955, Option 4.

Water Use Restrictions

The use of water for sprinkling of lawns and shrubs shall be allowed only before 10:00 a.m. and after 6:00 p.m.


Fire Hydrant Information

Fire Hydrant Clearing Notice
Our Water Department employees work very hard to keep the fire hydrants cleared and accessible at all times. The Town of Bethlehem has over 1600 fire hydrants spread out over many miles of the water distribution system. If you have a fire hydrant in front of or close to your property, please help to ensure the visibility and accessibility of the fire hydrant. Snow, weeds, shrubs, trees, flowerbeds, etc. can all hinder the use of a fire hydrant, so keeping them clear at all times is imperative. Please help to keep the fire hydrants clear and your neighborhood safe.

Please contact the Town Call Center to report an obstructed fire hydrant (518) 439-4955 ext.4

Fire hydrants are only for use by the Water Department and the Fire Departments
The fire hydrants in the Town of Bethlehem are only for use by the Water Department and the fire departments for emergencies. Unauthorized use of the fire hydrants could result in poor water quality and water main breaks in our water distribution system. Contractors, Landscapers, Hydro-seeders, Pressure Washing companies, etc. that need access to large volumes of water shall first obtain a permit from the Water Department at Town Hall. Once a permit has been issued, the permit holder can get water at one of two designated locations: the Town Highway garage at 74 Elm Avenue East or the Field Operations garage at 308 Kenwood Avenue. Individuals looking to obtain water at one of these locations must present their permit to the Town Personnel on site prior to receiving any water.

If you see anyone other than the Water Department or Fire Departments using a fire hydrant, please contact the water department at (518) 439-4955 or the Town of Bethlehem Police Department at (518) 439-9973. If you would like more information, please contact the water department.