4-mile-long sewer line being cleaned

JOHNSTOWN – Cleaning work associated with the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility’s $4.4 million trunk line project is under way, officials said Wednesday.

The 50-year-old main trunk line runs 4 miles from Harrison Street in Gloversville to the sewage treatment plant on Union Avenue in Johnstown. The work involves a first phase of improvement and replacement on the main sewer pipeline. Initial work involves a $435,000 contract with Precision Industrial Maintenance Inc. of Schenectady.

The work is being done in phases. Facility Wastewater Engineer Tyler Masick told the Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board that the project has been under way for awhile, and that Precision Industrial Maintenance did cleaning.

“I’m pretty confident they did a good job on that,” he said.

Masick said his facility is trying to get easements to finish cleaning work, as well as replacing manholes and sections of pipe that need to be replaced.

The Johnstown Common Council recently accepted easements from Todd and Lisa Wright of 334 W. Main St. and Lee Dying of North Carolina of West Clinton Street because of the trunk sewer line work.

Trunk line work is being done because an inspection by engineers found debris and grit in the flow channel, cracked pipes and some significant obstructions that restrict sewer flow. The facility studied 10 possible projects that should be looked at over the next number of years. Engineers said reinforced concrete pipe and manholes are very strong but susceptible to root penetration at joints, infiltration and inflow and corrosion due to harsh liquid and gaseous chemicals.

In other plant-operation issues, the board discussed a recent notice of violation involving oil and grease by Robison & Smith Textile. Facility Laboratory Director Mark Levendusky said he spoke to the company about the violation. He said corrective action by the company may be taken in the next couple months.

“They are planning to install some equipment that will hopefully alleviate that problem,” Levendusky said.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.