Welcome to the Albany County Water Purification District! In 2018, we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the District’s formation.
The District was formed in 1968 by resolution 45 of the County Legislature. That resolution was preceded by the Albany County Comprehensive Sewerage Study of March 1966 and Albany County Wastewater Facility report of 1968. The District facilities have been in continuous operation since April 1974. The original construction costs totaled over $71M and were 87.5% grant funded; 65% Federal and 22.5% from NYS.
2018 marks our 44th year of providing wastewater transportation and treatment service to our eight member communities serving a population of over 200,000, while improving the water environment and protecting public health.
The District has made numerous changes throughout the years revolutionizing our industry. Many upgrades and plant improvement projects have reduced energy consumption thus reducing our carbon footprint. We are embracing the national “Utilities of the Future” initiative with the implementation of innovative projects such as the North Plant Cogeneration and the South Plant Beneficial / Productive Use of Secondary Effluent. With the completion of the North and South Disinfection facilities in 2014, that investment will reach $40M over the past two decades.
We have embarked on a new era of taking the next step toward improving the water quality of the Hudson River with the approval of the fifteen year Combined Sewer Overflow Long Term Control Plan.
I am proud of our professional staff and our history of regulatory compliance, as we celebrate our 50th anniversary.
I encourage you to browse this website to get more information about the programs and services that we provide. We have a dedicated staff of wastewater and environmental professionals who are committed to improving water quality of the Hudson River and protecting the public health of the greater community. We encourage you to contact us to take a tour through our facility.
Angelo S. Gaudio
The Albany County Water Purification 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.