Projects Will Upgrade Pump Stations and Wastewater Treatment Sites to Safeguard from Future Flooding
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that federal approval for $653,000 has been received to upgrade three wastewater treatments sites in the Village of Endicott, Broome County. The project will be funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and will provide vital flood protection to the electrical and mechanical equipment at each site.
"As extreme weather and severe storms become the new normal, protecting and hardening our infrastructure is more critical than ever before," said Governor Cuomo. "This funding will provide essential upgrades at these wastewater treatment sites, making them more resilient against future storms and keeping them working when Endicott residents need them most."
The improvements are crucial to ensuring that the wastewater treatment sites are able to maintain full operations during future storms to prevent health, safety and environmental risks from backups of the untreated waste systems. These dangers stem from the existence of disease agents in the untreated waste system, resulting from extended periods of wastewater not being pumped. If the wastewater begins to back up, it will start to overflow manholes and potentially pour into homes, causing further property damage and contamination.
John P. Melville, Commissioner, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services said, “These federal grant funds will allow the Village of Endicott to move vital electrical and mechanical equipment to higher ground so that these systems can continue to power the Village’s pump stations during flood events, which will protect public safety and prevent property contamination.”
FEMA has approved these projects under its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program which allows the state to establish priorities aimed at increasing the state's resiliency, mitigating the risks of loss and damage associated with future disasters, and reducing hardship. After Superstorm Sandy devastated parts of New York, Governor Cuomo called for government and non-profit organizations across the state to submit applications for projects to help communities become more resilient, rebuild smarter, stronger and more sustainable communities in the wake of recent natural disasters.
Construction is expected to be completed by January 2019. The specific plans for each plant follow:
River Terrance Pump Station
The River Terrace Pump Station can only operate at reduced capacity during failure of primary power in instances of extreme weather or flooding. The proposal calls for a generator and electrical work for the site, installed at grade.
Endicott Endwell Pump Station
The Endicott Endwell Pump Station has been impacted by flooding in recent years and currently, the generator and electrical systems are located below the flood of record, with damage to this critical equipment resulting in long delays before the pumping system can be brought back on-line. The proposal calls for the generator, electrical equipment and furnace to be raised above the flood levels in an enclosed space.
Endicott Loder Pump Station
Like the Endicott Endwell Pump Station, the Endicott Loder Pump Station has essential equipment below the last flood of record and is crippled by interruptions in service after extreme flooding events. Through this funding, electrical and mechanical equipment will be protected by a flood wall built to 500-year flood elevation specification.