The District owns and maintains two interceptor sewers and one trunk sewer. The one 54 inch Hudson River Trunk Sewer transports wastewater to the South Plant servicing 90% of the City of Albany and the entire Port of Albany. The two interceptor sewers transport wastewater to the North Plant facility, a 72 inch Hudson River Interceptor and a 60 inch Patroon Creek Interceptor.
These two interceptors service all eight communities and have the unique capability of monitoring at over thirty flow metering stations, which the District uses for billing purposes.
The District is also under contractual obligation to clean and maintain over twenty regulator chambers located throughout the system. The District owns a VAC-CON vacuum/jet truck capable of collecting up to six yards of debris and jetting over 3,000 gallons of water at 2,000 psi, making sewer cleaning very efficient and cost effective.
The Albany County Sewer District owns and operates two wastewater treatment facilities, designated North and South, which provide secondary treatment to the wastewater of eight communities in Albany County.
The North Plant is located in Menands and is designed to treat an average daily flow of 35 MGD.
The South Plant is located in the Port of Albany and is designed to treat an average daily flow of 19 MGD, while it is permitted and effectively treats 29 MGD.
The South Plant treats wastes for the City of Albany as well as the entire Port of Albany, whereas the North Plant treats wastes originating from a portion of the Cities of Albany, Cohoes, and Watervliet, parts of the Towns of Colonie and Guilderland and the Villages of Colonie, Menands and Green Island. Industrial discharges for each membered community is governed under the District's approved Pretreatment Program.
INTRODUCTION – The New York Water Environment Association, Inc. (NYWEA), was founded in1929 by professionals in the field of water quality as a non-profit, educational organization. The NYWEA consists of seven local chapters representing the various geographic regions across the State: the Capital, Central, Genesee, Long Island, Lower Hudson, Metropolitan, and Western. The Capital Chapter covers Columbia, Greene, Schoharie, Albany, Rensselaer, Montgomery, Schenectady, Fulton, Saratoga, Washington, Hamilton, Warren, Essex, St. Lawrence, Franklin and Clinton counties.
THE AWARD – The Capital Chapter of NYWEA is offering two awards of $500.00 to be paid directly to the student. The student must be enrolled in an environmental related curriculum at the undergraduate level (such as, but not limited to, biology, forestry, chemistry, engineering, and water/wastewater treatment). Awards will be distributed on academic, extracurricular and community activities, references, and personal goals. The award will be presented at the Capital Chapter’s Spring function. Disbursement of funds will be in the Fall following submission of proof of enrollment. As an added benefit, the successful student will be automatically enrolled in the New York Water Environment Association as a student member for a period of one-year following award of the scholarship.
ELIGIBILITY - Applicants must be enrolled as a high school senior at the time of application. The student must reside in the geographic area that the Capital Chapter encompasses.
APPLICATION – Eligible students must complete an application and submit by March 15th each year. To obtain or submit an application contact:
Richard J. Lyons
Albany County Sewer District
NYWEA Capital Chapter
P. O. Box 4187
Albany, NY 12044
Tours are given each year to numerous levels of education which include middle school students to graduate environmental engineering classes.
Treatment plant tours consist of a group presentation with hand out material supplying information and over view of the District's history and treatment process units. The tour also includes a walk through of all process units including solids handling.
Time requirements for a full presentation and tour are approximately 2 hours but modifications can be made. For safety reasons, tours are limited to grade 6 and older with a maximum of 20 students per tour.
Tours can be arranged by contacting Charles E. Cahill, Supt. of Operations, at (518) 447-1619.