Buffalo suburb pays $3M in water/sewer projects

December 2008 Vol. 63 No. 12

Ensuring the water keeps coming in and the sewage keeps flowing out is going to cost residents in the Buffalo suburb of Tonawanda, NY, $3 million over the next few years.

A $1.5 million water line project and another more than $1.7 million engineering project for sewer line improvements were approved by council.

Improvements will include the replacement of 5,200 feet of waterline with fire hydrants and valves. Repairs to sidewalks, lawns and pavement in the areas where crews have to dig up the lines are also included in the project, funded by a monthly $1.70 capital improvement fee added to town water bills earlier this year.

The construction phase is expected to begin next spring. Early next year, the engineering phase of the larger sewer project will start examining what has to be done to replace the main lines that run to the Parker-Fries pumping station, which is the town’s largest.

The construction phase of the sewer line replacement won’t start until the spring of 2010 and could run from five to seven years, depending on how evaluations go after each part’s completion and how well the plans match up with existing lines. The sewer project will eventually replace 19,000 feet of main sewer and another 20,000 feet of adjoining pipe.