Dundee may need new wastewater treatment plant

Village officials in Dundee have approved an agreement with an engineering firm to begin work on the development of a new sewage treatment plant that is likely to cost about $6.5 million. Nearly half of the plant’s cost could be covered by grants, and the balance could be financed with a zero interest loan.

Mayor Fred Cratsley Jr. and the village board discussed the status of the existing plant, which was inspected by the Department of Environmental Conservation in September.

After that inspection, Cratsley received a letter telling him the plan was in marginal compliance with the state pollution discharge requirements.

The Dundee plant is located on Saunders Street, near Big Stream, a tributary to Seneca Lake. In the past, it has been considered to contribute to higher levels of nutrients in the lake.

According to the letter received by Cratsley, outstanding issues at the treatment plant include ammonia violations, infiltration of storm and other water which changes the balance of the system. There is also a significant amount of corrosion, and concrete deterioration.

The inspection form notes that storm and groundwater inflow and infiltration caused a sewer overflow.

The infiltration, much of it the result of old manholes throughout the village, should be addressed, according to the letter.

Cratsley says new regulations from the state DEC will call for upgrades to the system.

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