Here's the progress on the to-do list the state gave the Niagara Falls Water Board after the billowing, black discharge incident of a year ago.
Completed tasks ☑
- Operate treatment processes according to the training manual.
- Properly use pumps to de-water sediment tanks.
- Remove excess solids from the wastewater treatment plant.
- Pilot study adding oxidizers to reduce sulfides and improve effluent quality.
- Prepare report on how the Water Board records overflow discharges.
- Summarize procedures under New York Alert notification system.
- Hire operators and update day-to-day training and operating plans.
In progress 👉
- Submit a work plan to find alternatives to improve the color of effluent, due Sept. 19.
- Submit a work plan on best management of effluent from Sedimentation Basin 5, due Sept. 19.
- Improve wet weather operating plan to reduce or eliminate plant bypasses and report, due Sept. 19.
- Report on potential improvements to the plant’s disinfection processes, due Sept. 19.
- Prepare engineering report evaluating a relocation of outfalls at the base of the American Falls, due Sept. 19.
- Update operation and maintenance manual, training procedures and staffing plans, due March 19, 2019.
- Prepare engineering report evaluating conversion to a biological treatment plant, due March 19, 2019.
Rolling deadlines 🔄
- Improve equipment in the sedimentation basin, various deadlines.
- Submit quarterly reports to the DEC.
- Prohibition on de-watering Sedimentation Basin 5. DEC approves all sedimentation work.
Note: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation mandated the Niagara Falls Water Board complete these tasks under a consent order the two sides agreed to Dec. 20.
Sources: Order on Consent with updates from the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Niagara Falls Water Board.