JOHNSTOWN— The cities of Johnstown and Gloversville have been selected for a state program that will help municipalities plan upgrades to wastewater infrastructure facilities.
Governor Kathy Hochul announced Friday that the two towns in Fulton County have been selected as two of 27 municipalities statewide that will participate in a program that will help them develop asset management programs to assess potential improvements to wastewater infrastructure sites.
“The advantage is that we, like all municipalities, have an aging infrastructure,” Johnstown City Engineer Chris Vose said of the program. “We need to start tackling this problem as we see an increase in problems every year. On the water side, there are water leaks and main breaks.
The state has made $10 million available for the program through the Clean Water Infrastructure Act. According to the state, the asset management process includes procedures for tracking inventories and reviewing infrastructure throughout its life cycle.
“The asset management program allows us to help get inventories of what we have and helps us plan for the future on how we can attack by replacing a lot of that infrastructure,” said Vose said on Friday. “In at least our specific case, some of them are 150 years old. That’s something that’s been missing for probably two decades almost realistically in the city.
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The new funding round represents the second phase of the state asset management program, following the completion of a state $3 million pilot program in 2021.
“The State Asset Management Program advances resources and expertise to help municipal leaders establish robust programs to maintain and upgrade critical wastewater infrastructure systems,” said Hochul in a statement. “My administration is committed to helping local communities across the state protect the sanitation systems that are often a municipality’s most valuable asset. By assessing flood resilience needs, these local asset management programs will help our communities mitigate the effects of climate change and better prepare for the future.
Vose noted that the two towns jointly own a sewage treatment plant that treats waste from both towns.
“It’s going to allow us to track and manage the infrastructure that powers this plant, as well as the plant itself,” he said of the asset management program. “That’s going to help us a lot, especially as we look at potential projects that would include transporting waste from northern communities along the Highway 30 corridor. So that’s going to help us a lot to understand some of the gaps that we have and that we can correct before implementing these projects and to make the plant more efficient. »