HUNTINGTON, New York, September 4
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
Huntington is looking to upgrade its sewer capacity.
On Aug. 19, the town board approved a resolution authorizing Melville-based H2M Architects + Engineers to survey the Huntington Sewer District’s capacity and propose potential upgrade opportunities.
The proposal, offered by Town Supervisor Frank Petrone and seconded by Councilwoman Susan Berland, follows up on the ’07-’08 “Sewer Capacity Usage Study,” which was also headed by H2M and saw the district upgrade its total capacity to 2.6 million gallons per day (GPD) of sewage, according to Berland. The district, established in 1915, was also upgraded two times prior to ’07-’08, once in the ’80s and once in 1938, Berland said.
“The reason we’re doing this is to reassess what the needs are going forward,” Berland said of the district. “When you develop properties within the district there comes a time to analyze and see if there’s a need to increase potential capacity.”
Currently, Berland said, 1.899 GPD of sewage flowed through the district – nearly identical to the 2013 figure of 1.9 GPD. In ’07-’08, the town incorporated standards of capacity into the district that were “three-to-four years ahead of their time,” Berland said. The town hopes to use a similar strategy with its newest study.
“We just want to do the right things for the future… [And] keep ahead of the game,” Berland said on Wednesday.
Since the last study, no parcels have been added to the district, keeping it at 3,201. However, while none have been added, there have been significant developments to the parcels that were already contained within the district, Berland said.
One such change is the building of the Avalon Bay communities in Huntington Station. Opponents of the East 5th Street community argued that its opening will put a strain on the sewer district. While the town cites Avalon Bay as the “only significant increase” (greater than 10,000 GPD) to flow within the district – the parcel increased from 32,700 GPD to 105,943 GPD – Berland maintained that the district still currently operates, Avalon Bay included, about 26 percent below its maximum capacity.
“[AvalonBay] is part of what has changed in the district, but it’s not the do all, be all and end all; we still have plenty of capacity,” the councilwoman said, adding that the town would not have built AvalonBay if it did not have the capacity to sustain it. “We just want to be proactive… [The study will] see what the potential upgrades are, what that would cost and how many gallons [can be added].”
This most recent study is set to kick off sometime in the coming months and will cost up to $25,900 from the town’s fund for sewer-related projects.
Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander (Thursday, September 4, 2014; A10)