Funds flow to village for sewer plant work

CANAJOHARIE – The village will receive $1.75 million in funds to update its wastewater treatment plant.

“This should only have a very positive impact on the village,” Mayor Francis Avery said.

The state Environmental Facilities Corp. on Sept. 12 approved the village receiving a $750,000 grant and a $1 million interest-free loan for the work. According to a news release, EFC is the arm of state government that provides low-cost financing to help local governments fund new drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.

Avery said the village will have about $3 million available to it for the wastewater plant updates. According to Avery, the village obtained a Small Cities grant and another grant, each for $600,000.

“We’re getting upgraded because we’re still using 1979 technology,” Avery said.

Upgrades to the system will include a fine air diffuser installation. The diffuser will blow air from the bottom of the tanks instead of the top to decrease the amount of dried sludge that goes to the landfill. This will reduce the landfill fees the village pays.

“Basically, it’s more energy efficient and should cut our electric bill,” he said. “The whole idea is to stabilize the rates, if not lower them. Some of our water is pumped seven times a day; we’re looking to cut that down to three.”

Bidding for the project will be at the end of the month, Avery said, and work could start on the project in November. He said the project will take about a year.