BROCTON - Although precise details like landscaping and alarm system work are still being worked on, Brocton's new wastewater treatment plant is up and running.
One of a few major utility overhauls fortunately completed by the small village of Brocton, the wastewater treatment plant will be considered 100 percent completed possibly this spring, with things like landscaping, fencing, electrical and alarm installations still on the punch list.
Plant Operator, Dan Schrantz noted Friday that the switchover "went well and the new main plant is completely on line."
Brocton's outdated plant and worn equipment is now state of the art with a UV disinfection system and energy efficient components.
"It's a totally different operation than what we had before; certainly there will be a lot less maintenance, although there will be increased lab work involved. The amount of material we can handle has increased substantially now, allowing for the district to handle any new customers in the future," stated Schrantz.
Along with a grant award from the Appalachian Regional Commission and a friendly partnership with the New York State Department of Correctional Services, the village was offered zero interest financing of $4.5 million by the board of directors from Environmental Facilities Corporation, Inc. in order to bring the plant into the future with safer and cleaner operations.
Original goals of the major overhaul of the plant were to: replace the existing infrastructure from an R.B.C. cylinder system to a modern S.B.R. system; provide for new tanks; and modernize the system of treating the wastewater.
The modernization of the system's operator will not only force compliance with overseeing agencies, whose demands on municipal utility resources are increasing rapidly, but will also provide for more efficient treatment processes and increased workload capacity, estimated to be as much as 50 percent.
Brocton Mayor Dave Hazelton, who is pleased with the final switchover explained how operations were technically transferred.
"It was basically a matter of attaching feed lines to the new plant, allowing the old flow lines to cut over to the new plant. Once a plant is 'online' it's considered fully operational, and all work relating to the project will be finalized this spring.
He added that the old plant structure is now completely demolished, and the last of the existing holding tanks were demolished earlier in the month.
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