Officials expect busy sewer year

JOHNSTOWN – The Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility could see a 12 percent increase in the amount of wastewater it treats, judging by the industries seeking permit renewals for 2014.

Increased flow by industries means business activity is up in the area, requiring more wastewater to be treated, officials say.

Facility Laboratory Director Mark Levendusky said Wednesday 21 industrial wastewater discharge permit renewal applications for 2014 were received and reviewed. He said the data showed the sewer plant will be busier next year.

“We are going to have a 12 percent increase in flow with what industries think they are going to be doing in 2014,” Levendusky said at the Joint Sewer Board meeting.

He said the sewer plant has the capacity to treat the increased flow from industries seeking renewals.

The board approved the 21 requested industrial allocations for 2014.

In other industrial compliance issues at Wednesday’s meeting, the board approved a contract paying $8,635 to Life Science Laboratories of Wayland, Steuben County for outside laboratory services.

Levendusky said that every couple years the sewer plant submits a request for proposals seeking prices for outside lab services. He said the company getting the contract performs plant analysis for the facility’s State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit, which is required by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, as well as other work.

“We use Life Science Labs now,” Levendusky said. “I feel comfortable with them.”

The board also denied two residential sewer bill protests from Gloversville.

Facility Fiscal Officer Donna Renda said the owner of 13 S. Eagle St. reported a frozen faucet and tank, which caused flooding in the cellar. She said facility Wastewater Engineer Tyler Masick inspected it and determined all the leakage entered the municipal sewer system and had to be treated.

Renda said a property owner at 23 W. Fulton St. reported a faulty air conditioner that caused sewer problems. Masick’s inspection found no water lines attached to the unit.

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