The Hinckley Reservoir working group will turn in a report to state Gov. Eliot Spitzer by Dec. 17, the governor announced today in Rome. Now that the immediate water crisis is over, the group will look into how to prevent similar problems in the future, Spitzer said.

The Hinckley Reservoir working group will turn in a report to state Gov. Eliot Spitzer by Dec. 17, the governor announced today in Rome. Now that the immediate water crisis is over, the group will look into how to prevent similar problems in the future, Spitzer said.

Operating plans for Hinckley Reservoir were established before 1920 and could need to be updated. “That could be part of the underlying problem,” Spitzer said.

Spitzer has created the Hinckley Reservoir group, which will examine ways to improve communication between groups that use the water, and develop a plan to help meet the future water needs of Oneida County.

Members of the group include representatives from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, state Emergency Management Office, state Thruway and Canal Corporation, New York Power Authority, the Mohawk Valley Water Authority and Oneida and Herkimer counties.

The first working group meeting will take place 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in Utica.