NISKAYUNA — The Niskayuna wastewater treatment plant has been named 2019 Capital Region Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association.
Town officials say the treatment plant was built to be "net zero" — to produce all the electricity it needs to operate.
The project, which was designed to address Niskayuna's current sewage treatment needs, was built with the capacity to accept additional "high strength waste" such as soda water, food, cooking oils and other organics that produce gas and in turn will power the plant.
"It is no surprise our efforts in Niskayuna have been recognized by those who understand public works projects best," said Denise Murphy McGraw, a member of the Town Board and chairwoman of the town's Public Works Committee. "We listened to the experts and developed a wastewater treatment plant that not only addresses our demand today, but ensures we are reducing our carbon footprint for the future."
The Capital New York Branch of APWA serves Albany, Saratoga, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Schoharie, Greene, Columbia, Montgomery, Fulton, Washington, Warren, Hamilton, Essex, Franklin and Clinton counties.
The project now moves on for statewide award consideration.