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South & Center Chautauqua Lake Sewer Districts
The South and Center Chautauqua Lake Sewer Districts’ Board of Directors is moving forward with plans to implement Phase 2 of the Westside Sewer Extension Project.
During a meeting on March 1, 2022, the Board discussed and unanimously approved the Phase 2 Map and Plan Report entitled, “Westside Sewer Extension Phase 2.” The report was presented by GHD Consulting Services, Inc., Engineers (licensed by New York State) and the maximum amount to be spent for this project is $24 million dollars.
The South and Center Chautauqua Lake Sewer Districts (SCCLSD) initiated the construction of Phase 1 of the project in 2021. Phase 1 would extend the SCCLSD Districts to the Hamlet of Stow and it is anticipated to be complete in 2023. The SCCLSD is now ready to initiate Phase 2 of the Westside Sewer Extension (Phase 2 Extension), which involves extending the Districts from the Hamlet of Stow to the North Chautauqua Lake Sewer District border, near Prendergast Creek.
“Over eight years ago, Chautauqua County embarked on former County Executive Vince Horrigan’s vision of an integrated sewage management plan for public sewers around the Lake,” said Pierre Chagnon, SCCLSD Board member. “The Westside Sewer Extension Phase 2 will complete the public sewers on the entire west side of Chautauqua Lake and is another milestone towards this end.”
The Phase 2 Extension will be comprised of properties on the western shore of the Lake in the Towns of North Harmony and Chautauqua, generally along New York State Route 394. The proposed wastewater collection and conveyance facilities will extend the public sewer and provide direct benefit to the estimated 350 developed parcels. The area is currently serviced by private septic systems and individually maintained by the corresponding property owner.
Many of these systems are failing or reaching the end of their useful life. These failing systems are a contributor to elevated phosphorus levels within Chautauqua Lake and private water well contamination.
The proposed improvements include the construction of a new low-pressure force main sewer system with approximately 250 grinder-pumping stations. Each developed parcel will be served by a grinder pumping station that connects to the sewer main located along the road of each property. All sanitary waste from each developed parcel would then be pumped to the Wastewater Treatment Facility, located in Celoron, N.Y. Following the installation and connection to the grinder pumping station, the septic system would then be cleaned and decommissioned.
The proposed Phase 2 project is eligible for State and Federal grant monies including New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Water Quality Improvements Project (WQIP) and New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC)’s Water Infrastructure Act (WIIA) funding. Further, the County would be eligible to apply for a 30-year, interest-free loan through EFC’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund program. The financial aid of these funding agencies will ensure that the Equivalent Dwelling Unit (EDU) cost does not exceed $1,000 per year.