Sewage treatment bill at Niagara Falls expected to exceed $2 million!

The Buffalo News (a publication from across the pond) has been reporting that following a storm in July, costs to repair damage to areas of the New York state areas sewage treatment facility could run into more than $2 million dollars.

Reports suggest that more than 25 million gallons of untreated sewage has been leaking into the Niagara River since the damage was caused by a storm last month. Fierce rainfall over the Friday and Saturday nights had resulted in flooding to many areas and was said to have ‘overwhelmed’ the citys pumps. Several towns besides Niagra have been effected by the damage, including the neighbouring villages and boroughs.

Although the damage happened a few weeks ago, the effects and timescale that the repairs are expected to take will mean there is likely to be an effect on local residents for some time.

Of course, plants like these are built to provide treatment on a grand scale for hundreds of thousands of households, although the principal of ‘treatment’ is still the same and if the facility was to fail, the environmental and practical issues would be raised as for a private sewage treatment plant.

As always, maintaining your own sewage treatment is important for the same reasons. Although many plants fail because of age and general degredation, freak weather and highs or lows in temperatures can also have an effect on the systems. Having them checked on a minimum annual basis can assist with ensuring your system is fully prepared for extremes like this and reduces the risk of plant failure.

More information and the full report along with a video surrounding the issue can be found on the Buffalo News Website.

Hurricane Sandy effects New Jersey sewage treatment

American newspapers have been reporting that sewage treatment has been effected as a result of hurricane Sandy earlier this month and many local residents are suffering from the aftermath.

Many of the sewage treatment systems in the area suffered power outages and flooding as a result of the superstorm and authorities were reported to be asking residents to lower their use of tap water in order to “reduce stress on the system”.

Sewage treatment facilities are an essential part of any local infrastructure and as a result an incident like this can have a detremental effect on a grand scale. Many residents are probably finding it difficult to source suitable and safe drinking water at the time and its difficult to understand the impact this can have on day to day life.

Like many MTM customers, those that have their own personal sewage treatment equipment at home may have been less effected, but of course this is dependent on the system being well maintained and inspected on a regular basis.

Keeping the system in good working order and ensuring any maintenance is completed when needed is an essential part of owning any sewage treatment system. In some countries it is a legal requirement for owners to register their ownership and complete this maintenance programme in order to avoid a situation like this.

Thankfully it seems the infrastructure in the effected areas of the east coast of America is starting to recover from the damage caused.

More information on this article can be found on the Kingston Daily Freeman news website.