The more than 100-year-old mistake was uncovered recently during a recent renovation project at 402 Broadway.
“We were trying to help them figure out where the sewer was going. And we learned at that point that their lateral [line] to the sewer actual connected to building 412.”
Albany Water Department Commissioner Joe Coffey says they didn’t want the neighboring buildings sewer lines to remain connected. When a crew started working to disconnect the lines they realized the sewer line from 412 went into a storm drain which leads right to the Hudson River.
“Right now we’re guessing more than 6,000 to 7,000 gallons a day that might be going out. But I don’t know for 100 years what the other use of the building was,” Coffey said.
In the late 19th Century the Argus Building had been a publishing and printing house. It was recently converted into 30 luxury apartments with a storefront below.
Coffey says in 1913 Albany was busy connecting homes and businesses to a new wastewater treatment plant, but for some reason, the connection underneath the Argus Building never happened.
“When they built this new interceptor sewer in 1913 they [made a note to connect] the Beaver Street sewer and they never made that connection.”
Coffey says crews should have both sewage lines connected to the city sewer system within one week.