Upstate NY Plans Extensive Upgrades to Storm Water Systems

Particular cities in upstate New York have had similar, as well as, troubling issues with their sewer systems. The dilemmas range from flooding- which has led to overflowing sewers, damaged homes and property, as well as unsafe roadways. Such is the unfortunate case in Lake Ontario’s southern edge, as the flooding has been more aggressive than usual, even temporarily closing businesses. The Lake, in recent weeks, has surged more than two feet high, sustained record breaking levels, and covered more than a hundred miles of coastline. In Greece, NY there have been the same concerns. A playground, several yards, and

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The City of Keene’s Massive Cluster of Wipes Clogs Sewer System

The city of Keene, NY has experienced a sustained dilemma with the all-too-familiar wipe, causing blockages in the sewer system. In recent years, the city has seen an increase in the use of flushable wipes which has subsequently placed a hardship on the treatment facility. While this epidemic is not necessarily a new problem, the amount used has greatly increased within the past several years. While many brands are labeled as flushable, they do not dissolve as toilet paper does. The are labeled with this redeeming quality due to a passing score on a test that requires wipes to begin to

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New York Devises Distress Signal for Sewer System

Various Cities throughout New York have recently implemented a cost-effective program to assist homeowners in the detection of a possible sewer problem, thwarting it before it begins. The Sewer Back-Up Alert System is a solar powered sensory and communications system designed to alert a homeowner of a sewer back up on their property. By providing a practical early warning system, it enables households to take appropriate actions to tend to an overflow problem quickly. Making “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” quite right, in this instance.  This sensory unit has all the makings of a high-tech

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Sewer Reconstruction Advisory for Batavia

The town of Batavia is beginning a sewer rehabilitation project at the beginning of the month. The Washington Avenue Sewer Project is expected to impact traffic once construction begins. Washington Avenue will be limited to local traffic only in the specific section that is being worked on. The first section to be closed off will be Bank Street to Summit Street, followed by Summit Street to Ross Street. During this time, thru traffic will not be allowed, only access for residents/deliveries/emergency services. It is expected that sidewalks will always be open and passable, but caution should be observed as it

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SUNY’s Solar Safety and Scholarships

Many New York State University campuses are adding solar capacity to their energy portfolio. While this is clearly a positive step overall, it does present some potential problems for responding fire departments. Photovoltaic (PV) panels (which generate electricity directly from sunlight via an electronic process that occurs naturally in certain types of material) can present a potential hazard due to the sun’s energy turning into electrical energy. It is often difficult to power down the solar panels during an emergency. When there is sunlight or fire fighter lighting present, the panels will stir up electricity. Because the panels may not

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Ballston Lake’s Sewer Committee and Project

The Ballston Lake committee has been working for the last several years with the goal of bringing sewers to the Buell Heights, hamlet of Ballston Lake and areas surrounding Ballston Lake. It has been an important activity needed to remedy serious health and environmental issues in the area.  The Ballston Lake Sewer Project involves construction of a new sanitary sewer collection system to serve the area immediately surrounding Ballston Lake and certain adjoining residential communities. The project is located within the Saratoga County Sewer District No. 1 (SCSD) in the Towns of Ballston and Clifton Park and will connect to

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DEC’s Best Practices for Managing Combined Sewer Overflows

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) enforces the combined sewer overflow requirements under the Wet Weather Water Quality Act of 2000. The DEC has developed 15 Best Management Practices. The Best Management Practices are technology-based controls, designed to implement operation and maintenance procedures, utilize the existing treatment facility and collection system to the maximum extent practicable, and implement sewer design, replacement and drainage planning, to maximize pollutant capture and minimize water quality impacts from combined sewer overflows.  The general permit requirements for these practices include:  CSO Maintenance and inspection, maximum use of collection system for storage, a wet weather operating

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Rainy Season and Sewer Drainage Systems

Many of us are experiencing a rainy season now that summer is in full swing.  Along with the sunny delights and fanfare this time of year brings, there is also a need to think about the proper functioning of our drainage systems where we live.  It is important to know to what extent a drainage issue is prevalent.  In order to do this, a qualified fully licensed professional is needed for drain pipe cleaning. This will also maximize your awareness of the health of the pipelines in your home.  Here are a few suggestions when seeking the help of an

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