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Officials Break Ground on Village of Lowville’s $9.7M Upgrade at Wastewater Treatment Plant


Published: November 23, 2021 at 03:15 p.m.

By: Nick Altmire


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Lowville, NY- A ceremonial groundbreaking was held this morning in Lowville, kicking off the construction process on Phase 2 of a long-term project to improve the Village’s wastewater treatment plant on East State Street.


According to a press release from GYMO Engineering:


“The project consists of upgrades to the two existing lagoons which hold wastewater after it is cycled through the system. Both lagoons were constructed in the 1960s and need repair and improvements. Each lagoon will be drained and receive a liner overtop of the existing clay liner. The lagoons will be lined separately, with one lagoon always operating to allow the treatment plant to remain active during this construction period. The project also includes the construction of a new chlorine contact tank to replace the existing one and the construction of a new sodium hypochlorite storage building on site.


The project will fully rehabilitate and modernize the wastewater treatment facility. This will result in an addition of construction jobs for the area. In addition, it will help to keep up with the growing demands of the Village’s wastewater users, including its largest user, Kraft Heinz-Lowville, which could lead to an increase in jobs. The project received 4.1 million dollars in funding from New York State Empire Development and 1.28 million dollars from the Environmental Facilities Corporation.


“This strategic investment will not only help the water system, but also, spur economic development.” This is a great project for the long-term growth and prosperity of the community,” says Morgan Spencer, Communications Manager at GYMO.


The project is also positive for public health. The improvements will allow for the Village to be in compliance with a letter from the Department of Environmental Conservation, which require adding disinfection the effluent to limit fecal coliform.  Also, disinfection is one of the most important steps to prevent the spread of waterborne diseases to people, wildlife, and the environment.”


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Officials expect the project to be completed by late Fall of 2022.


Our video from this morning’s brief ceremony can be viewed in the link below:


Officials Hold Ground Breaking Ceremony for Phase II Upgrades at Village of Lowville Wastewater Trea











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