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Engineer to outline technological limits of aging Falls wastewater treatment plant

Various technological limitations at the Niagara Falls Water Board’s (NFWB) wastewater treatment plant will be addressed by engineering consultant John Goeddertz of AECOM at the 2018 Greater Buffalo Environmental Conference at 8 a.m. March 20 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Buffalo.

Goeddertz is the NFWB’s engineering consultant and AECOM has managed the Falls water plant for the past 40 years. The presentation will explore the plant’s historical design basis and compare regulations that were in effect when the plant began operation in 1977 to current plant conditions and regulations. The audience will also be given a video tour of the existing plant treatment systems.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo responded to a July 29 dark water discharge and subsequent overflow incidents from the Falls plant into the Niagara River by calling for a $20 million state commitment to a first phase of infrastructure upgrade, including $500,000 for two initial engineering studies in December.

Rolfe Porter, NFWB executive director, said, “We look forward to hearing Dr. Goeddertz speak as part of the Greater Buffalo Environmental Conference, as the NFWB continues our efforts to educate the public on the wastewater treatment plant’s infrastructure improvement needs. Dr. Goeddertz will thoroughly explain the factors that contribute to effluent dispersion and options to reduce the effluent turbidity. It’s going to be an extremely valuable session for the NFWB to explain our current technological limitations along with the issues posed by our unique outfall location.”

The NFWB recently launched its Wastewater Investment Initiative (WIN) awareness campaign. Through the campaign, the NFWB is working to educate the community and work with local, state and federal leaders to become more involved in highlighting and advocating for infrastructure investment at aging wastewater facilities.

NFWB officials said they remain wholly committed to proper wastewater treatment and the distribution of the highest-quality drinking water consistent with public health laws and regulations, as well as the public enjoyment of natural resources, the protection of fish and wildlife, the economic development of the city of Niagara Falls and the general well-being of the surrounding area.

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