Officials: Progress steady

JOHNSTOWN – Steady progress is being made on the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewaster Treatment Facility’s $7 million plant upgrade, according to Wastewater Engineer Tyler Masick.

“There’s still a lot more left,” Masick said Wednesday. “An engine needs to be installed and a couple buildings need to go up. Most of it should be done this year.”

C.O. Falter Construction Corp. of Syracuse is being paid $3.93 million for general construction work associated with the sewer plant upgrade. Milton CAT of Clifton Park holds a $761,600 engine and electrical switch-gear contract.

Masick said the following general construction and electrical work has been completed with the upgrade project:

Installation of a gravity pipe from the meter vault to the equalization tank.

Installation of a force main from the pipe-bridge to the equalization tank.

Pouring concrete foundation wall for the new whey tank and backfilling the area.

Completed demolition of the existing whey tank and stainless steel piping.

Installed lines inside the foundation of the new contact absorption tank to an outside foundation wall.

Installed conduits in several locations, such as: from a new panel in the Thickener Building to the outside, from the meter vault to the equalization tank, and along the bottom of the headworks building.

The sewer plant underwent a similar $10 million upgrade in 2008. Both upgrades are designed to help the sewage treatment plant treat more waste from local industries, including the expanding Greek yogurt plant Fage USA in the Johnstown Industrial Park. Masick has said the sewer plant at this time is at capacity for pretreating whey, but is treating Fage’s washwater.

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