New Whitney Point Wastewater Plant Improves Village Life

By James Gaddis

July 22, 2010 Updated Nov 29, 2007 at 7:06 PM EDT

It's a major improvement in the quality of life and environment in one part of Broome County.

The Whitney Point Wastewater Collection System and Treatment Facility was unveiled.

It could also make the village a more attractive place to do business.

It took 11 years, and more than 8 million dollars.

The Village of Whitney Point now has the wastewater collection and treatment facility it's been waiting for.

"Most people realize this is a profound and significant step in the community's development and future."

It will soon connect to 350 homes and businesses in the village.

Most of which have been using outdated septic systems, known for smells and other problems.

Mayor Gerald Whitehead says this facility will solve those problems, and make the Village a cleaner, safer place to live.

"We'll have no sewage systems that are discharging anywhere that they shouldn't be and that includes the river and yards and over people's banks and what have you," says Whitehead.

Village leaders also hope this 8.3 million dollar investment will help boost the economy.

"I can see this is going to bring more business in, which will be good for the area, good for the tax base," says Whitney Point Village Trustee Paul Boczar.

"If we're going to be a player this century, we want to have economic development, we need infrastructure," says Whitehead.

Homes and businesses must sill connect to the system out of their own pocket.

The Village says low income families will be able to apply for a special grant.

There are still about 35 homes on the outskirts of the Village which are not yet included in the collection system.

Mayor Whitehead says they'll be connected once more funding can be secured.

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