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Deferiet wastewater treatment facility needs tweaking

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DEFERIET — Mayor Janet M. Zando informed the village board some changes need to be made following a state Department of Environmental Conservation inspection of the village wastewater treatment facility.

Environmental engineer Rebecca Storrings conducted a comprehensive State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System inspection Dec. 10, the mayor said. She found several issues that need to be corrected.

According to the engineer’s report, she found the facility is “being operated and maintained in a professional manner by the operators; however, the facility has a marginal rating due to some concerns that were found during this inspection.”

The major points were insufficient operator certification, no-discharge notification area signage, woody vegetation in the pipeline area, concerns of the old plant wet well and outdated testing fluids.

Mrs. Zando said she was making arrangements for both of the village Department of Public Works employees to attend certification training. Shane M. Intorcia, DPW supervisor, already has taken the necessary classes to prepare for the certification examination. The chief operator must have a 2A wastewater treatment operator certification and the assistant operator must have an 1A certification. Kevin Hall, an Evans Mills DPW worker, is a certified grade 3A and participates with the Deferiet plant to maintain operator certification coverage.

The inspection found the need for replacement of an outdated muni-ball plug (pig) system that was carried over from the old treatment plant. Ms. Storrings said a plan must be made for a more permanent system since the “pig” deteriorates and needs replacing every two years.

As required by the SPDES permit, signs for the no-discharge notification need to be posted at Outfall 001 area. This area is also in need of maintenance to remove woody growth that could damage the pipeline.

Recently it was reported unsuitable items were put into the sewer system, causing plugging and backup of sewage into residents’ basements. Ms. Storring suggested “implementing a sewer use law to determine the source and make appropriate corrections.” Village Treasurer James E. Yuhas said he thought the village had a sewer use law but said it may have to be updated.

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