The New York City Department Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) has collaborated and partially paid for the design and construction of a sewage treatment facility to serve the sanitary and environmental needs for the town of Kent and a private residential developer. Located in the New York City watershed, the facility is required to produce a very challenging effluent quality. Of particular note is removal of phosphorous to 0.05 mg/L and ammonia nitrogen to 1.5 mg/L, and 99.9 percent inactivation of giardia lambia cysts and enteric viruses.
Under a design and build agreement with Milnes, the private developer will upgrade existing wastewater treatment structures and install process equipment and controls utilizing the MBR technology of Ovivo. This project is a good example of a somewhat complicated partnership between public and private entities. This partnership will benefit New York City drinking water quality and economically serve community environmental and infrastructure development needs. The facility will be in operation by midyear 2014.