Buffalo Sewer Authority

Buffalo Sewer Authority BSA protects public health and our Great Lakes waterways from water pollution. Our job is to maintain and improve the infrastructure, innovation, and efficiency of our water resources to ensure the quality of life throughout Western New York.

Operating as usual

So our influent travels through our Fine Screens ... Where to next? Through our Conduit and Flow Meters! A conduit is a ...
04/07/2021

So our influent travels through our Fine Screens ... Where to next? Through our Conduit and Flow Meters!

A conduit is a pipe or a channel for conveying water. These massive pipes are located underground throughout our Treatment Plant to direct the flow of water. Each conduit has a meter attached that reads the amount of water flowing through. These meters can calculate flows of over 1,000 gallons a second! Many flow meters are placed at various points throughout the facility.

After traveling through the conduit, our effluent is headed for the Grit Building!

Yesterday Mayor Byron W. Brown and Buffalo Sewer General Manager Oluwole (OJ) McFoy participated in a roundtable with U....
04/06/2021

Yesterday Mayor Byron W. Brown and Buffalo Sewer General Manager Oluwole (OJ) McFoy participated in a roundtable with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan and Assistant Administrator Radhika Fox. Alongside fellow US Water Alliance board members from Houston and Seattle, we support the Administration's leadership on water infrastructure through the proposed $111 billion with the "American Jobs Plan". This funding will repair and modernize our aging infrastructure through innovative and equity-focused water projects.

This dialogue allowed space to discuss the challenges and opportunities with #WaterInfrastructure investment with our federal partners. The need to reduce lead in drinking water was highlighted as a top priority by replacing all US lead water service lines. Thank you Michael for facilitating this roundtable!

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-administrator-regan-hosts-water-infrastructure-roundtable-local-water-utilities-and

Today, we joined the City of Buffalo in recognizing AmeriCorps VISTA - Project MOVE Buffalo volunteers during National S...
04/06/2021

Today, we joined the City of Buffalo in recognizing AmeriCorps VISTA - Project MOVE Buffalo volunteers during National Service Recognition Day! Buffalo Sewer would like to send a special shoutout to our AmeriCorps VISTA Sydney Collins. Sydney hit the ground running immediately upon her arrival. Sydney plays an invaluable role offering her fresh and innovative ideas, managing our social media platforms, and her commitment to serving the citizens of the City of Buffalo. Join us in thanking Sydney for all of her hardwork, commitment and dedication to helping improve the lives of our neighbors. Thank you, Sydney!

Happy #ThankAnOperatorThursday! Today we want to thank our Operator Mark for serving almost 10 years at Buffalo Sewer si...
04/02/2021

Happy #ThankAnOperatorThursday! Today we want to thank our Operator Mark for serving almost 10 years at Buffalo Sewer since January 2012. Mark is an Operator II with his 3A Certification. Initially as a mechanic in his early career, Mark came to Buffalo Sewer in awe of how we use microbiology to control anaerobic digestion which breaks down solids and then allows us recover and reuse resources such as methane. “It’s incredible!” he says.

Mark appreciates his job as an Operator because it makes him feel useful. “I like to find a problem and fix it. It gives me a purpose”. Thank you Mark for your dedication to keep our Treatment Plant running – we certainly appreciate YOU!

President Biden introduces plan for $111 Billion in Water Infrastructure Investment! Yesterday marks a historic day with...
04/01/2021

President Biden introduces plan for $111 Billion in Water Infrastructure Investment! Yesterday marks a historic day with Biden's "American Jobs Plan" that outlines his vision for strengthening our infrastructure, improving economic competitiveness, and addressing climate change.

This bill includes funding...
•To eliminate all lead pipes and service lines in our country with $45 billion in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grants
•To modernize aging drinking water, stormwater, and wastewater systems with $56 billion in grants and low-cost loans
•To monitor and remediate PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in drinking water with $10 billion

Buffalo Sewer applauds President Biden's commitment to strengthening federal investment in water infrastructure. Thank you National Association of Clean Water Agencies and The Value of Water for your advocacy on the importance of federal investment!

https://www.nacwa.org/news-publications/press-release-details/press-release/2021/03/31/public-clean-water-sector-applauds-president-biden-s-bold-infrastructure-investment-plan

The 2021 Earth Day Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale is now ready for orders! Rain barrels capture rainwater runoff from ...
03/30/2021

The 2021 Earth Day Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale is now ready for orders! Rain barrels capture rainwater runoff from the roof of your house which you can reuse to water your gardens, lawns, and plants and also wash items. Not only does this conserve water, but it also reduces the amount of stormwater runoff flowing into our sewer system.

Our GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE initiative Rain Check launched a Rain Barrel program in 2015 giving away over 1,000 free barrels across the city of Buffalo. This prevents nearly 172,920 gallons of water from entering our sewer system in a typical rainfall event!

Order your rain barrel at wholesale price ($65!) by visiting www.eriecompostersale.ecwid.com. 💧

Happy #ThankAnOperatorThursday! Our Operator Scott was recently spotlighted on the New York Water Environment Associatio...
03/25/2021

Happy #ThankAnOperatorThursday! Our Operator Scott was recently spotlighted on the New York Water Environment Association - NYWEA monthly newsletter. Let's hear!

Scott has been a Water Resource Recovery Operator since 2015. He has obtained his 3A Operator Certification in early 2020 and looking to gain his 4A in the near future. While on site Scott enjoys the complexity and intricacy of solids handling. Two of the many areas Scott excels at is troubleshooting the dissolved air flotation
thickener system and understanding the process inside Buffalo Sewer’s 6 Anaerobic Digesters.

Thank you for being a great ambassador for operators and a wonderful teammate in operations at Buffalo Sewer!

Check out this awesome article about Buffalo Sewer's Green Infrastructure program Rain Check lead by Landscape Architect...
03/25/2021

Check out this awesome article about Buffalo Sewer's Green Infrastructure program Rain Check lead by Landscape Architect Kevin J. Meindl!

Since 2015, Rain Check has transformed over 9 miles of city-owned streets, hundreds of green demolition sites, and several community parking lot retrofits. Rain Check 2.0 will expand the program to include private property owners and target six priority basins for investment in the city of #Buffalo. https://climate.asla.org/Raincheck.html

Landscape architects plan smart climate solutions for entire cities. In Buffalo, New York, landscape architect Kevin Meindl, ASLA, leads the innovative program Rain Check 2.0, which offers grants to private landowners to capture stormwater through trees, rain gardens, green roofs and streets. http://bit.ly/3cnWpqQ #ASLAClimate

Beginning at Bar Racks and then flowing to our Raw Wastewater Pumps ... What comes next in our water treatment process? ...
03/24/2021

Beginning at Bar Racks and then flowing to our Raw Wastewater Pumps ... What comes next in our water treatment process? Our Fine Screens! Fine Screens operate similarly to Bar Racks as they remove objects such as rags, paper, plastics, and other solids, but the screening is 5/8 of an inch compared to 3 1/2 inches to collect smaller debris. This also prevents damage and clogging of downstream equipment.

Here we have our Operator Sal demonstrating how the Fine Screens work by turning it on; however, they are usually scheduled for 15 minute intervals depending on the rate of flow.

Talking about his role operating the Fine Screens, Sal says "Some people say it's science and technology, but it's also an art. Each machine has their own little quirks and works a bit differently ... They definitely have personality".

Tune in next week to learn about the next step at Buffalo Sewer’s facility -- our Underground Conduit and Flow Meters!

Check out Community Action Organization of Western New York (CAO) Shutoff Prevention program at 716-881-5150 ext. 4371 t...
03/24/2021

Check out Community Action Organization of Western New York (CAO) Shutoff Prevention program at 716-881-5150 ext. 4371 to receive up to $200 on your water bill! Visit https://getwaterwisebuffalo.org/ for more information about Buffalo Sewer Water Bill Assistance programs. 💧

The CAO S.P.P. (Shutoff Prevention Program) is officially open! This program aims to help households avoid utility shutoffs. Those eligible may receive up to $200 towards a past-due gas, electric or water bill. To prove eligibility, individuals must provide photo ID, proof of monthly income, proof of address, proof of a Covid-19 related hardship and a past due utility bill in their name. Please call 716-881-5150 ext. 4371 for more info. #covid19relief

Last Thursday, Buffalo Sewer Assistant Principal Engineer Rosaleen Nogle presented to American Council of Engineering Co...
03/23/2021

Last Thursday, Buffalo Sewer Assistant Principal Engineer Rosaleen Nogle presented to American Council of Engineering Companies of New York about "Buffalo's Sewer: 185 Years of Improving Public Health and the Environment".

Seen here is Rosey discussing the Storm Relief and Sprawl of the 1940s to 1970s: a period in which we saw changes in population and the collection system infrastructure that have made today’s Smart Sewers possible. Thank you Rosey for your efforts to educate about the history of Buffalo's Sewers!

Happy #WorldWaterDay! World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without acc...
03/22/2021

Happy #WorldWaterDay! World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis and achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.

In 2021, the theme is valuing water. At Buffalo Sewer, we #ValueWater by implementing innovative technologies to collect and treat sanitary water and stormwater and protect the Great Lakes from pollution.

How is water important to your home and family life, your livelihood, your cultural practices, your wellbeing, your local environment? #Water2Me

Visit World Water Day 2021 website: www.worldwaterday.org or read the the UN World Water Development Report published today at http://www.unwater.org/publication_categories/world-water-development-report. 💧

Happy #ThankAnOperatorThursday! This week we want to give a huge thanks to our Operator II Roscoe. Roscoe has been worki...
03/18/2021

Happy #ThankAnOperatorThursday! This week we want to give a huge thanks to our Operator II Roscoe. Roscoe has been working at Buffalo Sewer for 5 years this month. When asked about his favorite place to work at the Treatment Plant, Roscoe expressed his love for Aeration.

"My favorite part is Aeration. Growing up, I played football and was a defensive lineman. In Aeration I'm the last line of defense, of sludge defense. It's where I'm comfortable. I feel important".

Roscoe also extended a piece of advice for any new-comers on the job: Remember to say attention, and be proactive not reactive. Thank you Roscoe for your dedication to keeping Buffalo water clean!

Happy St. Patrick’s day from all-things-green at our Treatment Plant! 🍀
03/17/2021

Happy St. Patrick’s day from all-things-green at our Treatment Plant! 🍀

Yesterday Buffalo Sewer ‘s Senior Instrument Tech Tim Blake presented at New York Water Environment Association -  NYWEA...
03/17/2021

Yesterday Buffalo Sewer ‘s Senior Instrument Tech Tim Blake presented at New York Water Environment Association - NYWEA Greater Buffalo Environmental Conference! Tim discussed the coordination between two major rehabilitation projects: Settled Wastewater Control and Settled Wastewater Pump & Motor Rehabilitation. With over 45 people directly involved from four different states and two countries, the cost of these combined projects was large totaling over 2.5 million dollars.

While some challenges arose such a Hoist malfunction and some blown fuses with our pumps, this project was ultimately successful with all five pumps and motors available for use and all control panels finalized as a duplicate of each other.

Thank you so much Tim for your great presentation and for spotlighting the awesome work done at our Treatment Plant!

Check out "Buffalo Sewers: A History of the Queen City from Below" written by Buffalo Sewer's own Assistant Principal En...
03/12/2021

Check out "Buffalo Sewers: A History of the Queen City from Below" written by Buffalo Sewer's own Assistant Principal Engineer Rosaleen Nogle! Published in Western New York Heritage's Winter Issue, this article explores the history of Buffalo's sewer system over the past 200 years from backyard latrines and cesspools to our innovative smart technology. Congratulations Rosey on this publication!

Read the full article at https://www.wnyheritage.org/content/buffalos_sewers_a_history_of_the_queen_city_from_below/index.html#.YEjlwcCZv2M.linkedin!

Happy #ThankAnOperatorThursday! Today we extend a special thank you to our Operator II Ashley. Ashley has been working a...
03/12/2021

Happy #ThankAnOperatorThursday! Today we extend a special thank you to our Operator II Ashley. Ashley has been working at Buffalo Sewer for over 5 years and is a great asset on our team. When asked about a favorite part of the Treatment Plant, Ashley talked about having a sweet spot for Main Pump with its Art Deco design and impressive role at the facility. Thank you for your service!

Happy 3-11 day! The City of #Buffalo has a 311 Call and Resolution Center that provides residents with fast, centralized...
03/11/2021

Happy 3-11 day! The City of #Buffalo has a 311 Call and Resolution Center that provides residents with fast, centralized access to city services. This number can be utilized for many reasons including pest control, tree plantings, housing inspections, and yes sewer maintenance!

This morning our Buffalo Sewer construction crew were on site to respond to a 311 concern. Residents called the line to inform about a sewer backup, and after inspection, our crews located damage to the street sewer line! With our diamond blade saw, backhoe, and other machinery on deck, our team will dig up the damaged pipe and patch it up with PVC. After some backfill of stone and a nice asphalt seal, the issue is fixed with only a couple days of work!

We thank our partners at the City for making this platform accessible, and our awesome crews working hard to get the job done!

Last Wednesday, we checked out our inlet bar racks building. This week – Raw Wastewater Pumps! These powerful machines c...
03/11/2021

Last Wednesday, we checked out our inlet bar racks building. This week – Raw Wastewater Pumps! These powerful machines can pump 100s of millions of gallons per day through the first part of treatment, known as primary treatment. Over 20 feet high, these huge pumps tower over our Operator Andrew!

Tune in next week to learn about our Fine Screens …💦

We are here to help! The deadline for our Water Amnesty program has been extended through June 2021 to help Buffalo resi...
03/10/2021

We are here to help! The deadline for our Water Amnesty program has been extended through June 2021 to help Buffalo residents currently behind on utility payments, or in need of additional assistance. You can enroll by calling (716) 847-1065 or visit http://bit.ly/GWW-WaterAmnesty for more information! #LetsGetWaterWise Please SHARE!

Spot any yellow-vested superstars in the streets of Buffalo today? That well may be Buffalo Sewer 's Collection System c...
03/09/2021

Spot any yellow-vested superstars in the streets of Buffalo today? That well may be Buffalo Sewer 's Collection System crews. One frequent responsibility is hydro-cleaning our sewer pipes with our awesome combination flusher-vacuum truck and looking awesome while doing it. The flushing component of the truck allows our crews to break up clogs and cut tree roots that can cause blockages. Don’t forget to say hi as you pass by!

Happy #InternationalWomensDay! Today we celebrate the many dedicated women at Buffalo Sewer Authority and within the wat...
03/08/2021

Happy #InternationalWomensDay! Today we celebrate the many dedicated women at Buffalo Sewer Authority and within the water sector in the fight against gender inequality. From operators to engineers to human resources, we understand the important role #WomenInWater play in our industry. We thank you for your service!

Last Friday Mayor Byron W. Brown presented his 2021 Virtual State of the City Address that highlighted the many accompli...
03/08/2021

Last Friday Mayor Byron W. Brown presented his 2021 Virtual State of the City Address that highlighted the many accomplishments in #Buffalo over this past year and his continued commitment to the well-being of the city. We want to thank the Mayor in recognizing the many achievements of Buffalo Sewer and Buffalo Water.

In 2020 in response to the public health crisis COVID-19, we suspended late fees for water and sewer bills, restored water service to households shut-off for nonpayment, and launched a water amnesty program for financial assistance. We also continued to replace old lead lines at over 500 households with our ROLL program, and installed new technologies for our "smart sewers" to enhance efficiency of our sewer system.

We thank our dedicated staff who made all these efforts possible! As we envision a more affordable and resilient year ahead, we cannot do it without the support of federal investment in our water infrastructure. Join us to help support the common goal of accessible clean, safe, and affordable water for all at https://www.affordableh2o.org/.

Join Mayor Byron W. Brown on his page to watch his Virtual State of the City address!
03/05/2021

Join Mayor Byron W. Brown on his page to watch his Virtual State of the City address!

Happening TODAY! Tune in at Noon!

Deadline for our Water Amnesty Program extended till the end of June 2021! Visit http://bit.ly/GWW-WaterAmnesty or call ...
03/05/2021

Deadline for our Water Amnesty Program extended till the end of June 2021! Visit http://bit.ly/GWW-WaterAmnesty or call (716) 847-1065 to apply today. Please SHARE!

Did you miss your opportunity to apply for extra help with your water bills through Buffalo Water’s Amnesty/Forgiveness Program? If so, good news: The deadline for application has been extended through June 2021 to aid Buffalo residents currently behind on utility payments, or in need of additional assistance. Eligible individuals can enroll by calling (716) 847-1065, then agreeing to specific program criteria to erase water service-related debt. Call today or visit http://bit.ly/GWW-WaterAmnesty for more information. #LetsGetWaterWise

Happy #ThankAnOperatorThursday! Today we are lucky to celebrate our employee Pat on his recent 3A Operator Certification...
03/04/2021

Happy #ThankAnOperatorThursday! Today we are lucky to celebrate our employee Pat on his recent 3A Operator Certification. Pat has been working at Buffalo Sewer for the past 5 years and is a great addition to our team. Thank you Pat for you and all your expertise!

Did you know it's #GreatLakesDay? Never a better way to celebrate than chilling where the magic happens. Treatment plant...
03/04/2021

Did you know it's #GreatLakesDay? Never a better way to celebrate than chilling where the magic happens. Treatment plants are key players in keeping the Great Lakes free of pollution and trash. Our process begins with wastewater rushing into our inlet wells 💦 and is then directed to our ✨bar racks✨ to remove large debris. From here the water begins to flow through the rest of the plant...

Tune in next Wednesday to hear the next step of our facility!

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65 Niagara Square
Buffalo, NY
14202

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Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 16:30

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(716) 851-4664

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THE HISTORY OF BUFFALO SEWER

As the City of Buffalo developed initially, the Niagara River was used as an economical and convenient means of disposal for the community’s sewage. As the city continued to grow, a sewer system was gradually constructed to carry combined sewage and stormwater to the Buffalo River, Scajaquada Creek, and Black Rock Canal. Untreated sewage was discharged directly into these water bodies at several points throughout the city. As Buffalo grew, so did the volume and concentration of sewage discharged to the receiving water bodies. The health of the receiving water bodies and the surrounding environment became severely threatened.

In 1935 the New York Health Department mandated the City of Buffalo to discontinue without delay the menacing nuisance of pollution of the River waters. Persistent pollution and disease as well as treaties between the United States and Canada (Boundary Waters Treaty) lead to a reassessment of the means by which not only Buffalo, but many cities on the border’s waters, disposed of sanitary wastewater. The Niagara River was specifically named as among the most important of the boundary waters.

Buffalo Sewer, a public benefit corporation, was created by an Act of the Legislature in the spring of 1935 and delegated the responsibility for providing an effectual means of relieving the Niagara River and other tributary streams from pollution by sewage and waste. Buffalo Sewer was authorized to borrow money, issue bonds and provide for their repayment, fix and collect rates and rentals, and in general assume full-responsibility for carrying out the State Health Department’s mandate.

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