NEWCOMB - Work began this week to improve the outdated wastewater treatment plant in Winebrook housing development in the town of Newcomb. The Environmental Facilities Corporation was awarded a grant in Jan. from federal stimulus money that will finance nearly 80% of the project.
"It was becoming increasingly difficult to maintain the amount of sewage being processed through the existing plant," said Newcomb supervisor George Canon.
The existing facility was built in 1963 and is no long meeting health requirements, according to Canon. The wastewater treatment plant services the entire Winebrook development on the south side of 28N.
The remaining 20% of the project will be financed through loans.
Several months ago, the DEC acknowledged the problems at the Newcomb wastewater treatment plant and the Town Board issued a consent order to replace the plant. When the project was approved, it was estimated as a $1.6 million investment. AES Northeast worked up bid specs and the town went to bid at around $1.4 million and awarded the project to Rozell Construction of Glens Falls. The new system will involve a more efficient aeration tank as apposed to the old sand filter system. It also will removed some of the required attention from the Town of Newcomb as it is a more independent system.
The DEC has also recently awarded the Town of Newcomb a $100,00 grant to begin treating the negative elements of the plant discharge before it enters the water.
Construction has started and it is required that the project be completed by the end of this calendar year.
"This is a great and necessary project," said Canon. "I look forward to preventing any problems for the residents of Winebrook for many years to come."
Canon expressed his gratitude for all the people who have put forth a great deal of effort on this project.