Lake George isn’t just beautiful lake, it’s also an essential part of the surrounding communities who rely on it as a source of drinking water. The Lake George Village wastewater treatment plant has helped keep the lake clean since 1939, but the time has come to replace it. To help move this project forward, NY State has awarded Lake George Village a $4.27 million water infrastructure improvement grant.
Lake George’s Wastewater Plant Project
For years, local conservation groups have noted that the Lake George Village wastewater treatment plant has either needed major improvements or should be replaced with an upgraded facility. Various systems have been failing, and the plant isn’t operating as effectively anymore.
Recently, Lake George Village has been working on a plan to replace their wastewater treatment plant. They’ve already borrowed roughly $1 million to begin the design process, and a complete replacement will likely cost around $17 million.
Support From NY State
A few weeks ago, Governor Cuomo and NY State announced $44 million in grants for water infrastructure improvement projects throughout the Capital Region. Lake George Village received the largest grant, $4,273,923, to contribute to their wastewater treatment plant project.
According to an article by WAMC, Lake George Village has been under consent order by NY State to reduce the amount of nutrients that have been entering the lake, and a new facility will help.
However, while the state grant will allow the village to move forward with the project, additional state and federal funding will be necessary before construction can officially begin.
A date for the construction of the new facility hasn’t been announced yet, but the wheels are in motion for the modern wastewater treatment plant to become a reality.