Department of Waste Water Treatment
Phone: (518) 843-3897 | Fax: (518) 843-4243 | Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The City of Amsterdam Wastewater Treatment Facility is located just east of the city off Rt. 5 on Quist Road. Influent is conveyed there by three main pump stations: Kline St., River St. and John Street. The westside and south-side pump stations collect their areas wastewater and everything goes to the eastside station where the total flow of the system is sent on to the treatment plant. This facility treats an average of about 8 million gallons per day. It is permitted the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for a thirty day average of 10 million gallons per day.
First grit rags and other debris are removed as much as possible at the eastside pump station. Amsterdam's treatment facility is an activated sludge plant comprised of primary settling tanks, aeration tanks, secondary settling tanks, and what was originally a chlorine contact tank which now provides more final settling. These units function interdependently to raise the water quality by settling out and separation of incoming solids, and then aerobic biological treatment and more settling of any solids. Solids in the form of sludge are removed from the system and processed through belt filter presses and sent to an incinerator.
The receiving waters of the plant's final effluent is the Mohawk River which is a Class C stream. The quality of the treatment system's resulting product is monitored by the NYSDEC through sampling and testing for various parameters on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Each month the plant's Chief Operator, Gene Hutchings, must submit a Discharge Monitoring Report to NYSDEC containing results of all testing and reports of all procedures to comply with State and Federal regulations.
The ten employees of the facility work well in concert to economically and efficiently fulfill Amsterdam's environmental responsibility.
- Waste Water Chief Plant Operator: Gene Hutchings