COMMUNITY WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

This program funds the planning, design and construction of community septic systems, wastewater treatment plants and/or the creation of septic maintenance districts in several hamlets identified in the 1997 NYC Watershed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). Link to MOA

The intent of the program is to provide reliable wastewater treatment in specified population centers and the decommissioning of individual, on-site septic systems whose failure could pose a threat to water quality. In the case of maintenance districts, regular inspections, pump outs and repairs are made to on-site septic systems to prevent such contamination.

Bovina
Trout Creek

The program, coordinated by Lamont Engineers of Cobleskill, evaluates, designs and constructs wastewater treatment systems tailored to each community according to the number and location of buildings, terrain, soil composition, cost-benefit ratio and other considerations. Establishing septic districts, adopting use ordinances, obtaining easements and rights of way, conducting environmental reviews, selecting contractors and overseeing construction are part of this multifaceted program in each community.

Construction, as well as ongoing operation and maintenance costs, are subsidized by block grants from the NYC DEP.

When community wastewater projects are completed they become the responsibility of respective municipalities. Residential property owners pay a set annual use fee. Business owners’ fees are levied according to water use.

Completed Systems

Bovina Center, Town of Bovina, Delaware County: Community septic system designed to handle 20,000 gallons per day (gpd) from 72 connections. Large diameter gravity sewer carries wastewater to large absorption beds.

Delancey, Town of Hamden, Delaware County: Septic maintenance district consists of 59 on-site septic systems. All are inspected annually or every three years, and are repaired or replaced as needed.

Hamden, Town of Hamden, Delaware County: Community septic system designed for 26,000 gpd. 91 connections are serviced by large diameter gravity sewer collection system. Wastewater flows through recirculating sand filter, thence to shallow absorption beds.

Bloomville, Town of Kortright, Delaware County: Community septic system designed for 30,000 gpd; 108 connections serviced by large diameter gravity sewer collection system. Wastewater flows through recirculating sand filter, thence to shallow absorption beds.

Boiceville, Town of Olive, Ulster County: Wastewater treatment plant designed for 75,000 gpd with 125 connections, serviced by large diameter gravity sewer collection system. Plant consists of sequencing batch reactor, sand filtration, microfiltration and ultraviolet disinfection prior to discharge into the Esopus Creek.

Ashland, Town of Ashland, Greene County: Wastewater treatment plant designed for 26,000 gpd with 80 connections serviced by small diameter gravity sewer collection system. Septic tank effluent is conveyed to treatment plant with recirculating sand filter beds, microfiltration and ultraviolet disinfection prior to discharge into Bataviakill stream.

Trout Creek, Town of Tompkins, Delaware County: Community septic system designed for 16,000 gpd with 55 connections serviced by small diameter gravity sewer collection system. Septic tank effluent is conveyed to three treatment sites with shallow absorption beds.

Lexington, Town of Lexington, Greene County: Community septic system designed for 25,000 gpd with 66 connections serviced by a small diameter gravity sewer collection system. Septic tank effluent is conveyed to pre-treatment filtration units, thence to a series of absorption beds.

South Kortright, Town of Stamford, Delaware County: Wastewater (up to 20,000 gpd) from 53 connections is transported via large diameter gravity sewer collection system to the Village of Hobart wastewater treatment plant three miles northeast.

Systems in Design:

Shandaken, Town of Shandaken, Ulster County
West Conesville, Town of Conesville, Schoharie County

Systems in Study Phase:

Claryville, Town of Denning, Ulster County
Halcottsville, Town of Middletown, Delaware County
New Kingston, Town of Middletown, Delaware County