Cleaner wastewater for Lake George –

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Cleaner wastewater for Lake George

The village of Lake George is days away from commissioning its new wastewater treatment plant – a major overhaul that has been going on for years.

I visited the new facility (located in the same location as the old factory) last week and got a tour from factory operator Tim Shudt, who is almost 10 years in the job. Construction is almost complete, but they are still working out the final details before the new factory can be turned on.

After more than two years of construction – and an investment of $ 24 million – the new plant includes dozens of new pumps, motors and electrical panels. New buildings have been constructed and huge concrete tanks will soon house millions of gallons of sewage. The project has the feel of an almost completed renovation project. One of the big ones.

The new plant promises to be an indispensable boon to the quality of the water in the Lake George basin.

For years, the current plant, originally designed and built in the 1930s, failed to properly remove nitrates from the area’s wastewater. These nitrates ended up in the nearby streams that feed Lake George. Since 2014, the state has maintained a consent order against the village requiring it to modernize the plant.

But a new process and advanced technology are expected to raise the sewage treatment plant to modern standards. Read about my visit here.


Above: Tim Shudt, Operator of the Village of Lake George Wastewater Treatment Plant, stands on a new platform overlooking a critical stage in the new wastewater treatment process. Photo by Zachary Matson

Editor’s Note: This first appeared in Zach’s weekly “Water Line” newsletter. Click here to register.

Zacharie Matson

Zacharie Matson

Zachary Matson has been an environmental reporter for the Explorer since October 2021. He focuses on the many issues impacting water and the people, plants and wildlife that depend on it in Adirondack Park. Zach worked for dailies in Missouri, Arizona and New York for almost a decade, most recently as an education reporter for six years at the Daily Gazette in Schenectady.

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