Bridgeport Sewer District
Town of Sullivan
What was the challenge?
Located along the southern shore of Oneida Lake, the Bridgeport area had a history of private, on-site disposal system failures due to a high seasonal water table, impermeable soils, and small lot size. With many private septic tanks and leach fields immediately adjacent to Oneida Lake, failing septic systems posed an immediate threat to public health and the environment. Exacerbating the problem was the conversion of many seasonal lakeshore "camps" into year-round residences, increasing the burden on existing septic systems. Further, commercial development in the business corridor of NYS Route 31 in Bridgeport had been stymied due to the lack of public sewers.
How did Barton & Loguidice provide a solution?
Although public sewers in the Bridgeport area had been proposed as far back as the 1960s, constructing a "conventional" gravity sewer system in such a large geographic area with flat topography was cost prohibitive. B&L proposed a "smart-growth" solution of individual grinder pumps and low-pressure mains in the expansive residential neighborhoods along with conventional gravity sewer mains in the business corridor to allow excess capacity for future business growth. This combination of low-pressure and gravity sewers significantly reduced the project cost while exceeding project needs and goals.
Why was the project a success?
The Bridgeport Sewer District project successfully addressed the community need for the protection of public health and the Oneida Lake ecosystem and provided a foundation for commercial growth within the established business corridor. Bridgeport's "smart-growth" design has become a model for similar communities and continues to meet the needs of a growing populace.
This project won the Wastewater Project of the Year Award from the American Public Works Association (APWA).