FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 24, 2023
Mayor Noble Update on Status of $10 Million Waste Water Treatment Plant Project
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to give an update on the City of Kingston’s $10 million Waste Water Treatment Plant facility upgrade project.
The Waste Water Treatment Plant project, which began in June 2022, includes two main components: rebuilding the outfall to limit the ammonia and nitrogen emitted into the Rondout Creek, and the installation of new energy-efficient blowers in the aeration tanks, which will reduce an estimated 417,000 kwh per year, a 33% savings.
“If you have driven down East Strand lately, you have seen extensive construction activity and a huge crane working near the Rondout Creek. The upgrades at the plant are progressing nicely, with the energy-efficient blowers partially installed, much underwater work happening to build the new outfall into the Rondout Creek,” said Mayor Noble. “This is an enormous project that makes vital environmental improvements, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and electricity usage, and will improve plant operations, efficiency, and reliability. I would like to thank the Chief Operator at the treatment plan, Allen Winchell, who has overseen this project and the City Engineering and Public Works staff who have all contributed to this project.”
The project’s benefits include:
- Improving water quality in the Rondout Creek and Hudson River by reducing nitrogen/ammonia in the treated effluent and implementing seasonal nitrification/denitrification of the wastewater
- Improving mixing and dilution with an improved outfall nearer the creek center
- Improving plant reliability by replacing old and obsolete equipment
- Saving significant energy due installing modern equipment
- Reducing maintenance efforts due to improved controls and more reliable equipment
- Allowing the City to comply with the requirements of the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit.
As part of rebuilding the outfall, the Rondout Creek bulkhead adjacent to the Waste Water Treatment Plant will also be repaired. The project is expected to be complete by summer 2023.
The Waste Water Treatment Plant work is being done to meet New York State Department of Conservation (NYSDEC) requirements and is anticipated to cost a total of $10,203,350, with a 10.42% contribution from the Town of Esopus. The City of Kingston was awarded $2,250,000 in New York State Water Infrastructure Improvement (WIIA) grants. The balance will be financed under a no-interest hardship loan from the New York Environmental Facilities Corporation.
More info at https://engagekingston.com/wwtp-upgrades.