NORTH HARMONY – Work will soon get underway expanding the Chautauqua Lake Sewer District.
Officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking Monday for the Westside Sewer Extension Project where the first pump station will be erected near the Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES’ Hewes Center.
Karen Ryne, chair of sewer district, tells WNY News Now it will take around two-years to complete phase one of the project.
The extension will provide public sewers to residents on the west side of Chautauqua Lake along the Route 394 corridor up through Stow.
In the long run, Ryne hopes this effort will fight the algae problem in the lake.
“There is all sorts of septic tanks still around the lake, this sewer will replace the septic tanks that are leaking into the lake, which leads to phosphorus, which leads to algae, which causes problems in the lake,” explained Ryne.
Once completed, Ryne explains the extension will service approximately 450 developed properties in the Town of North Harmony.
She says in future years the district will be expanded to include northern parts of the lake as well.