New York announces $27 million to upgrade Niagara Falls wastewater plant


New York State has announced a $27 million project to upgrade the Niagara Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The state will invest $13.5 million, which will be matched by the Niagara Falls Water Board, to address water quality impairments caused by the aging wastewater treatment plant.

Introduced as one of Gov. Cuomo’s 2018 State of the State priorities, the state is directing the Niagara Falls Water Board to immediately undertake the projects as required by the binding terms of a consent order with the Department of Environmental Conservation.

“This investment by the State and the Niagara Falls Water Board will provide funding for critical projects to improve the wastewater treatment plant and protect our water,” Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said in a statement. “The upgrades to the aging plant will help keep Niagara Falls and the Niagara River clean and safe, ensuring the health of residents and continuing to grow the economy of the area.”

The Niagara Falls plant projects include:

  • improving primary treatment systems and equipment;
  • making improvements to the sedimentation basin and related equipment;
  • rehabilitating the Gorge Pumping Station;
  • replacing screens and equipment to remove grit;
  • upgrading the dewatering system;
  • replacing the granular activated carbon system and filter support equipment;
  • completing critical repairs and improvements to the electrical, lighting, and heating and ventilation systems;
  • optimizing disinfectant dosage;
  • replacing blower equipment and piping.


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