Officials Break Ground on Village of Lowville’s $9.7M
Upgrade at Wastewater Treatment Plant
Published: November 23, 2021
at 03:15 p.m.
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
“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.”
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: