At its peak, 1,000 gallons of water per minute seeped into the Hudson from the John P Buckley Water Treatment Plant in Troy. Sewage overflow is a common occurrence for shoreline communities due to heavy rain fall, but people like clean water advocate Liz Moran said this shouldn’t be the norm.
“This is how our system is designed. We have very old water infrastructure here in New York,” Moran said.
The Department of Environmental Conservation keeps a tight eye on sewage overflow situations to ensure the protection of the public’s health. Municipalities are ordered to report discharges to the DEC following the 2013 Sewage Right to Know Act. But Moran says there’s still more to be done.
“This is all about the money. We need to start replacing and repairing our old water infrastructure,” Moran said.
A program called Albany Pools is a long-term control plan where several Capital Region towns are investing into projects that help alleviate the pressure put on their sewer treatment facilities.
“They’re doing the right thing. They’re applying for state assistance. They’re doing the best they can to reduce sewage overflows, and it’s important that we keep it up,“ Moran said. “They need the help to do so and that really comes from the state.”