STOW, NY (WNY News Now) – On Monday, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the Chautauqua Lake Westside Sewer District Extension also highlighted strides in extending the South and Center Chautauqua Lake Sewer Districts.
The SCCLSD Board of Directors, County Executive PJ Wendel and other government officials met at the Hadley Bay Pump Station to commemorate the milestone.
“I am just so excited and really elated that we are one step closer to protecting the lake and protecting our water, especially our groundwater,” said County Executive PJ Wendel.
Extending the public sewer systems will connect more than 400 developed parcels. This is in addition to several new pump houses, more than 15,000 feet of gravity sewer, over 36,000 feet of pressure sewer and 200 grinder pumping stations implemented since the start of the project back in May 2019.
The sewering is necessary to maintain the health of Chautauqua Lake, as the new connections will replace the current phosphorus-filled septic systems.
Long time SCCLSD board member Tom Erlandson said, “While sewering the lake is important for Chautauqua lake, I think, in my opinion, it’s even more important for public health in the sense that it will remove septic tanks from near peoples’ wells.”
The $16.9 million dollar project began over nine years ago, now it is finally coming to fruition.
“Several terms spring to mind; vision, persistence, dedication, teamwork, great staff, a hardworking board, outstanding consultants, and an amazing construction contractor,” explained Chairman Pierre Chagnon.
Phase two of the project is expected to begin in the 2024 Fall season.