Grant funding waste project

JOHNSTOWN – The Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility is assisting a private company at the sewer plant on how to better treat high-strength waste through a $50,000 state grant the company received.

HydrQual Inc., a New Jersey-based environmental engineering and consulting firm with a Syracuse office, received the grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

The company has had a research component at the local sewage treatment plant on Union Avenue Extension the last several years.

Facility Wastewater Engineer Tyler Masick reported to the Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board on Wednesday that HydroQual received the NYSERDA award, which supports zero-net energy wastewater treatment plants.

Masick said the HydroQual grant will be used by the company to develop ways to better treat high-strength waste. He said this project involves an innovative way to treat wastewater. He said the sewer plant will do extensive lab testing for the project, providing in-kind services to HydrQual, but also be gaining insight into how to better run its plant.

Facility consultant George Bevington said the sewer plant is basically receiving $50,000 worth of engineering services through the NYSERDA grant at no cost other than the in-kind work with HydrQual.

In other board business:

– The sewer board elected this slate of officers for 2014: chairman – Lee Mitchell; vice chairman – Richard Handy; and secretary – Kevin Jones.

– The board voted to send a letter of appreciation to former six-year member Salvatore Giarizzo, who recently resigned. Board members also welcomed new member and Johnstown 3rd Ward Councilwoman Helen Martin, who replaced him.

– No one spoke at a public hearing for an addendum to the sewer rate schedule adopted last April.

The addendum was as follows: municipal sludge – 4 1/2 cents per gallon; leachate – 1.1 cents per gallon; septic haulers – ranging from 6 to 8 cents per gallon; remediation wastewater – half-cent per gallon; yogurt whey – 2.2 cents per gallon through 2014 and 1 1/2 cents per gallon from 2015-2023; and cheese whey – 2 1/2 cents per gallon.

“This just kind of gets this added to our rate schedule,” said facility Fiscal Manager Donna Renda. “It helps with bonding so that we have a rate that is broken down more.”

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