Construction for Phase II of the Rush Creek Interceptor Project in the Village of Blasdell began this week.
The project involves the construction of sewers to collect wastewater from the Bladell Wastewater Treatment Plant, three pumping stations and three existing sewer overflows in the Blasdell area. According to officials in the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning Sewerage Management Division, the outdated facilities will be eliminated through the Interceptor Project and their flows conveyed to the Southtowns Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility. That facility is currently undergoing an $9.5 million upgrade to improve influent pumping and peak flow management as Phase I of the project.
“The Rush Creek Interceptor project is a concrete step forward for Erie County in building an infrastructure that protects and preserves our environment while providing better, more efficient services to residents,” said County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz.
“Sewer consolidations that have taken place over the past decade have brought us to this point and we are now putting in place a system that can better handle wastewater flows while eliminating older, less efficient facilities and the overflows that accompanied them,” Poloncarz added.
In 2003 and in 2007, the village’s sanitary sewer system, including the Blasdell Wastewater Treatment Facility, and a portion of the Town of Hamburg’s sanitary sewer system were merged with the county’s Sewer District No. 3.