CELORON, N.Y.: --County Officials, North Harmony Officials and members of the South and Center Chautauqua Lake Sewer Districts (SCCLSD) Board of Directors recently met to discuss the plans for the Sewer Districts’ West Side Sewer Extension Project.
The West Side Sewer Extension Project will provide public sewers to a portion of the unsewered properties on the west side of Chautauqua Lake along the Route 394 corridor up through Stow, to service approximately 450 developed properties in the Town of North Harmony.
“Septic systems are a significant source of phosphorus loading in Chautauqua Lake,” said Pierre Chagnon. “This extension project will provide a public sewer system to replace private septic systems, many of which are not meeting standards or are approaching the end of their useful lives. By removing all septic systems in the area and providing a public collection system, this project will reduce the amount of nutrients entering Chautauqua Lake and reduce cyanotoxins associated with harmful algal blooms.”
The project will include the installation of:
- a new pump station, which will be adjacent to and will replace the existing Sunrise Cove Pump Station, and a new force main from the station to the Sherman’s Bay Pumping Station;
- approximately 15,500 feet of gravity sewer;
- approximately 36,300 feet of pressure sewer;
- two intermediate pumping stations; and
- approximately 200 grinder pumping stations.
This $16.9 million project will be financed through a combination of funding from grants and from the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund.
Once established, the estimated first year user cost will be $1,000 per year for equivalent dwelling units (EDU), or properties with single family dwelling water usage, and $100 per year for vacant parcels. This annual EDU charge does not include private property lateral or interior plumbing improvements to connect to the system or the permit fees to SCCLSD. Each user is responsible to pay the cost to install a sewer line from their dwelling to the property line or to a grinder pumping station installed near the right-of-way.
GHD, an engineering consultant in Buffalo, N.Y., will now begin survey and geotechnical investigations for the SCCLSD’s project. The preliminary and detailed design for the project is anticipated to be completed by 2021 with construction on the project anticipated to take place between 2021 and 2023.
“By reducing the flow of waste and pollution from private septic systems, this sewer extension project is another major step forward to improving the water quality in Chautauqua Lake and enhancing the quality of life for our residents,” said George Borrello, Chautauqua County Executive.