The Joint Sewage Board Plans for Economic Growth

By WBNG News

June 7, 2012 Updated Jun 7, 2012 at 5:37 PM EST

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Binghamton Johnson City Sewage Board has a plan to smooth the management of waste water.

The 4 year Flow Management Plan will cost somewhere around $1.5 million to implement.

The responsibility will fall on the municipalities that the Sewage Treatment Plant Serves.

Each town and village will have to record planning data and pipe conditions, then make the necessary changes to reduce flow of waste water.

The Sewage Treatment Plants services 10 municipalities throughout the Southern Tier, that's about 36,000 households.

"If you are a pipe and you have 45 million gallons a day on a wet day coming in, you tend to feel that after awhile. Maintenance has to be done to keep the system in compliance," says Edward Crumb with the Joint Sewage Board.

In 2007, the DEC ordered the plant to change its flow management.

Action News confirmed that the DEC has accepted the Boards management plan.

The goal is to reduce overflow into streams and rivers, and account for future economic growth in the Southern Tier.

The Sewage Board hosted a community hearing Thursday night at the Broome County Library.

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