PLATTSBURGH — Progress continues on water and wastewater capital improvements in the Town of Plattsburgh.
Final design has been completed for two new lift stations: one on Sorrell Avenue and one on Route 3. Water and Wastewater Department Director Scott Stoddard updated the Town Council on those projects during a meeting this week.
Both stations were built in the 1970s, so maintenance has become increasingly expensive, he said.
“Work will start this spring,” Stoddard said.
The Sorrell Avenue station serves Consumer Square. The town has received a commitment of $45,000 from shopping-center owner Benderson Development toward the $339,000 project.
The Route 3 lift station serves businesses in Air Industrial Park and other firms in that area. The town received a $86,000 grant toward that $430,000 project.
The town has identified five water storage tanks in need of renovations: three on Kimberly Lane in Morrisonville, one on Hammond Lane in Plattsburgh and one in Cadyville.
Stoddard said exterior inspections have taken place. Interior inspections will be done using remote-controlled equipment this spring.
That will help prioritize which work should be done first, with one or two to be repaired next fall.
On the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base, the town continues a phased approach to inspection and repair of water and sewer lines. Phase 2 will include additional inspection of lines to determine where repairs are needed, Stoddard said.
That is to be done by installing sleeves in the lines that are then expanded and secured in place. Robotic equipment is then used to cut the holes for connections to lateral lines.
“The big deal is to reduce inflow and infiltration,” he said.
When groundwater seeps into the lines, it costs the town extra money, as it is pumped to and treated at the City of Plattsburgh Wastewater Treatment Plant.
A search for a new well site has led to a potential new location on town property that appears to be on a separate aquifer from the other wells.
The department will conduct additional tests next month to confirm that the quantity and quality of water meets its requirements.
The department has replaced 758 of its 4,000 aging water meters with new radio-read units, which allow workers to take readings without venturing onto people’s property. That significantly reduces costs and lessens potential liabilities, such as dog bites.
Stoddard said his budget has enough funds for about 400 new units this year.
The department has submitted an application for Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation Grant funds to be used for seven new generators for lift stations. That application is under review, Stoddard said.
The town is also replacing a lift-station generator on Route 9 at the north end of town because its age makes it difficult and expensive to find parts for repair. That project is scheduled for completion sometime in March, Stoddard said.
A move to map water and wastewater infrastructure using Geographic Information System technology is about 95 percent complete, he said, and includes the lines served by the town in the towns of Schuyler Falls and Beekmantown.
Stoddard said the information is available in the field for employees who have a smartphone. It will also be included on the town’s new pictometry system, so other departments will be able to easily see where water and wastewater infrastructure is located.
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