Owego Wastewater Treatment Plant to Receive $7.2M Upgrade

By Adam Chick

February 4, 2013 Updated Feb 4, 2013 at 6:45 PM EST

Village of Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Village of Owego's wastewater treatment facility will undergo $7.2 million worth of upgrades keep up with new environmental requirements.

These extensive upgrades must be made in order to bring the plant up to new environmental codes set forth by the Chesapeake Bay Nutrient Removal Initiative.

In 2000, six states, including New York, agreed to reduce the sedimentation and nutrients entering Chesapeake Bay, into which the Susquehanna River flows. Currently the facility is dumping too much nitrogen in the river.

"The main thing we're going to be looking at is reducing the nitrogen levels. We've used some chemical precipitation which has worked well to get rid of the phosphorus or drop the levels," said Owego Sewer Superintendent Ron Horton.

Reducing phosphorus and nitrogen levels were the main goals of the project, but the village of Owego's phosphorus levels are already low enough to comply with the code, according to Horton. The nitrogen levels must be brought down.

The project is still in preliminary stages. Bernier and Carr Associates have presented a rough draft of plans to the Village Sewer Board.

Horton doesn't foresee any complications moving forward with the upgrades. Construction is expected to begin in 2014 and will be completed sometime in 2015.