Recorder News Staff

Amsterdam will tackle more than $9 million worth of water and wastewater infrastructure improvements through a combination of state grants and low-interest loans.

Mayor Michael Villa outlined Wednesday how the city would utilize approximately $3.9 million of state grants, alongside $5.2 million from low-interest loans, to complete infrastructure improvement projects. Amsterdam will complete three drinking water system projects totaling $5.5 million and various wastewater system projects totaling $3.6 million.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday nearly $30 million in grants for 21 drinking and wastewater infrastructure projects across the Mohawk Valley. Montgomery County was awarded $7 million in grants, of which Amsterdam received grants totaling $3 million for drinking water improvements and $900,000 for wastewater improvements.

In June, city officials had approved bonding up to $9.1 million, but they hoped to receive the $3.9 million to offset the local burden.

Amsterdam will complete the three water system projects, which include improving two water storage tanks, replacing and updating components at its filtration plant and replacing water distribution system valves.

The most costly water system improvements are at the city’s Tecler water tank, with the extensive renovations estimated at $2.5 million. Less extensive work will be completed at the city’s Locust Avenue tank totaling around $400,000.

Villa said both water storage tanks will be sandblasted internally and externally and then recoated with a new Department of Health approved epoxy coating systems.

The Tecler tank is the oldest steel tank and was constructed in 1968, with it last recoated in 1992, according to Amsterdam Water Treatment Plant Chief Operator Randy Gardinier. He said the Locust tank was built in 2000 and has its original coating of paint.

John M. McDonald Engineering completed a report in June, which determined the city’s third 4 million gallon tank, Brookside, is in “good shape with no required repairs.” The Brookside tank is precast and prestressed concrete, while the other two tanks are steel.

Villa said deteriorated piping and various 20-inch valves at the Amsterdam Water Filtration Plant will be replaced, along with sections of filtration system components. A new “state-of-the-art” supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system used to monitor the water stored in real time will be installed, too, he said. The new monitoring system will also include remote components at the city’s Glen Wild Reservoir.

Water distribution system improvements primarily involve replacing various valves.

Villa said many of the city’s water isolation valves and fire hydrants are not operational and need to be replaced. He said the forthcoming project would replace approximately 100 distribution line valves at “critical locations” and 50 fire hydrants.

He said pressure reducing valves between high and low service areas would be rebuilt and replaced, which will help minimize water service disruptions during water line breaks.

Wastewater infrastructure improvements will upgrade various components at the city’s wastewater treatment plant and pump stations, along with continuing efforts to reduce storm water infiltration into its sanitary sewer system, according to Villa.

Approximately 15,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer piping and 50 manholes will be rehabilitated or replaced to eliminate cross-connections with storm sewers and groundwater infiltration, according to city officials. Sewer pump stations citywide would be rehabilitated through replacing pumps, piping, valves and control equipment, and installing standby emergency generators.