Upgrading Waste Water Infrastructure
Wastewater Treatment Plant Adaptation – Wastewater treatment plants are often sited adjacent to waterways to allow the efficient release of treated effluent. Many wastewater treatment plants in the Hudson Valley are situated close to the river and are vulnerable to flooding from sea level rise, storm surge and heavy precipitation. Over the long-term, communities may be forced to re-locate wastewater treatment plants to higher ground, or fortify them from increasing flood risk.
The City of Kingston developed a Long-Term Capital Plan for the East Strand Waste Water Treatment Facility in 2015. The plan helps to identify and specify projects that the City should take in order to increase resiliency, reduce risks due to flood events in a cost-effective manner.
Addressing Sewer Overflows - The 2014 National Climate Assessment indicated that the Northeastern United States experienced a 71% increase in very heavy precipitation events from 1958 to 2012. Runoff from heavy rainfall can overwhelm infrastructure, causing an inadvertent release of sewage into waterways. This problem is especially bad in areas where sewage and stormwater are moved in a combined drainage system. The City is a designated MS4 community (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System).
The City of Kingston has begun to separate combined sewers where feasible, and has developed a Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Long Term Control Plan. We have installed four (CSO) monitoring devices, which allow city staff and the public to be notified when one or more of the CSO outfalls are overflowing. For more information, visit the Public Works’ CSO page.
To learn more details about wastewater infrastructure upgrades, visit the Office of Economic and Community Development page and scroll down to the Active Projects list.