The Village of Patchogue has been awarded a total of $7.7 million from a Department of Environmental Conservation Water Quality Improvement Project grant to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant and increase capacity and reduce the amount of nitrogen entering Patchogue Bay.
The project supports the goals of Suffolk County Subwatersheds Wastewater Plan, village CDA executive director Marian Russo said, who helped write the grant application.
“It was a joint project working with the engineers at H2M,” she said. “It’s great news. It’s so important for the continued economic development and the environment. I am glad I could be a part of it.”
Mayor Paul Pontieri received news of the grant earlier today, Tuesday Dec. 21, an early Christmas present for the village.
“This grant will allow the Village to expand the wastewater treatment plant by 400,000 gallons per day to 1.2 gpd,” he said. “Being a waterfront community with a sewer plant we will not only towards the economic growth of the community, but more importantly the environmental health of the bay that surrounds us and the ground water we drink.”
The money, Pontieri said, will be utilized to expand the plant by 400,000 gallons—200 for village expansion and 200 for outside connections such as East Patchogue, Blue Point and Bellport.
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