About the Joint Aurelius/Cayuga Water and Sewer Project
The project eliminates the aging Village water treatment plant and crumbling distribution system and provides a prime opportunity for consolidation of services between the Town and Village, connecting to the City of Auburn.  The joint sewer project will address a failing treatment facility within the Village of Cayuga and will provide reliable public sewer service to lakeshore area properties in the Town of Aurelius, to the north and south of the Village.  This combined water and sewer project is slated to cost $16 million and creative financing includes USDA grants and Clean Water State Revolving Fund grants and 0% interest loans.  Construction is scheduled to run through 2014.
About the Water Project
The Village of Cayuga owns and operates a surface water treatment plant which draws from Cayuga Lake.  The facility has aged beyond its useful life which has resulted in unreliable water supply and an inability to handle declining raw water quality.  The Village’s distribution system experiences numerous water main breaks and was exceeding regulatory limits for trihalomethanes (THMs).  In addition, lakeshore area properties in the Town of Aurelius, to the north and south of the Village, all have private wells with poor water quality and quantity.  A portion of the Town, north of the Village, has an aging water main which was also brittle and experienced increasing breaks and leaks. 
  

The project eliminates the existing Village treatment plant in its entirety and provides a prime opportunity for consolidation of services between the Town and Village.  The new distribution system will be jointly operated and maintained including water meter reading and billing.

 

Features of the project: 

 
  • a new 260,000 gallon water storage tank with a high water level approximately 30 feet higher than the existing water tank.

  • a 300 square foot treatment building to house disinfection equipment, THM removal equipment and controls.

  • decommissioning and demolition of the Village’s existing water treatment plant and water storage tank facilities.

  • construction of approximately 73,100 LF of 8- and 12-inch ductile iron water main for a complete replacement of the existing distribution system, including all valves and hydrants, and expansion of services within the Town lakeshore area.

  

Funding Secured:

  • $2,000,000 DSWRF Grant
  • $6,315,000 DWSRF 0% Hardship Loan

FAQ's and Water Project Maps, Other Documents

About the Sewer Project
The Village of Cayuga owns and operates a sanitary sewer system, including a sewage pump station and a 0.10 MGD facultative, non-aerated lagoon wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). The treatment facility provided inadequate treatment which resulted in numerous NYSDEC SPDES permit violations, and ultimately a Consent Order requiring the upgrade or replacement with a new treatment system. In addition, lakeshore area properties in the Town of Aurelius, to the north and south of the Village, were experiencing septic system failures and were in need of public sewer service.

Features of the Project:

New 0.12 MGD WWTP
  • Headworks facility including an influent automatic screw screen and constant velocity grit channel
  • Two-tank SBR system designed to be constructed in a pre-stressed concrete tank
  • UV disinfection
  • Solids handling including dual aerobic digesters and reed bed sludge dewatering
Village Pump Station
  • Upgraded with new duplex submersible pumps with VFD control and 60 kW emergency generator along with 11,000 LF of 8” force main to new WWTP
  • Town/Village Low Pressure Sewer System
  • Approximately 2.3 miles of 2- and 3-inch low-pressure mains
  • Grinder pumps (155) for both individual (110) and shared (45) residential services

Funding Secured:
Village Portion ($6.25 million)

  • $2,000,000 USDA RD Direct Grant
  • $820,000 CWSRF Hardship Grant
  • $3,430,000 CWSRF 0% Hardship Loan

Town Portion ($2.57 million)

  • $200,000 USDA RD Direct Grant
  • $2,370,000 CWSRF 0% Hardship Loan

FAQ's and Sewer Project Maps, Other Documents