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

10/07/2020
US National Weather Service Buffalo NY

⚠️ Please be careful while driving. Look out for standing water on our roadways. Our crews are out clearing clogged street drains due to fallen leaves ⚠️

Radar update 6:18AM: Showers nearing our area with the cold front. With the passage of the cold front, some areas will see wind gusts over 45 mph. Wind Advisories have been issued read more here: weather.gov/buf #NYwx

Let's Get Water Wise
10/05/2020

Let's Get Water Wise

Has your water been turned off during the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis? Buffalo Water’s top priority continues to be protecting public health and our customers throughout this pandemic, so we’re restoring service to all residents whose usage has been interrupted. For immediate assistance, please call (716) 847-1065 today, or visit https://buffalowater.org for more information. #LetsGetWaterWise

10/02/2020

⚠️ Please be careful while driving. Look out for standing water on our roadways. Our crews are out clearing clogged street drains due to fallen leaves ⚠️

Erdman Anthony
10/01/2020
Erdman Anthony

Erdman Anthony

What can a city sewer authority do to resolve issues common to vintage systems efficiently? See how Erdman Anthony helped the Buffalo Sewer Authority at the link below for the answer.

US National Weather Service Buffalo NY
09/30/2020

US National Weather Service Buffalo NY

Currently, a band of lake effect rain is over Lake Erie. This band will continue make its way northeast across the lake and arrive into the Buffalo Metro area later this morning. Some thunder may be possible in the stronger portions of the lake effect rain band.

Congratulations to Taylor Brown our Junior Sanitary Engineer for being selected as part of  the American Public Works As...
09/28/2020

Congratulations to Taylor Brown our Junior Sanitary Engineer for being selected as part of the American Public Works Association’s 2020-2021 Emerging Leaders Academy Class XIV!

Mayor Byron W. Brown
09/25/2020

Mayor Byron W. Brown

The deadline is Oct. 31, but we are still behind on the #2020Census response rate. As of today, the #Buffalo response rate is at 53.8%, but we need 100% participation. Community Centers are the anchors of our neighborhoods and provide critical programming that would not be possible without federal funding determined by our population. Please help our community get its fair share of federal funds by completing the census. Visit 2020census.gov or complete it by phone, 844-330-2020 TODAY! #BuffaloHEARD

09/24/2020
Welcome to Our Water Equity Network

This week Buffalo Sewer and members of our Buffalo Water Equity Taskforce joined reps from across the country who work for local water and wastewater utilities, organizations serving vulnerable communities, environmental groups and more for a 3 day virtual Water Equity Network training. The U.S. Water Alliance’s Water Equity Network is a nationwide community of practice to advance equitable water management practices at the local, state, and national levels. For the past 2 years the City of Buffalo has been one of seven cities implementing ideas through the Water Equity Taskforce. Now our numbers have grown! Watch this video to learn more. https://youtu.be/xx2GEYicSnM

For two years, the US Water Alliance worked with seven cities to build our water equity program. Now we're taking the next step and inviting more cities in t...

Mayor Byron W. Brown
09/23/2020

Mayor Byron W. Brown

Bag it, #Buffalo! I encourage residents to participate in our Leaf Recycling Program to help keep our streets and storm drains clean and clear in our neighborhoods. Please SHARE to spread the word!

Let's Get Water Wise
09/18/2020

Let's Get Water Wise

Most problems require more than one solution. Buffalo Water understands. Through its Pathways to Affordable Water program, its Water Amnesty Program could help those currently behind on utility payments. Eligible residents can enroll by calling (716) 847-1065, then agree to specific program criteria to erase water service-related debt. It’s another way to get water wise, so call today, or visit https://buffalowater.org for more information. #LetsGetWaterWise

Just a heads up Buffalo! We are dye testing our storm sewer system in the Delaware Park area and you may see bright gree...
09/16/2020

Just a heads up Buffalo! We are dye testing our storm sewer system in the Delaware Park area and you may see bright green water in Hoyt Lake it’s safe and will disappear in a few hours.

09/15/2020
Mayor Byron W. Brown

Mayor Byron W. Brown

Mayor Brown’s remarks on the City of Buffalo’s water affordability efforts at the Brookings Institute Water Infrastructure Event #InfraBoost

Mayor Byron W. Brown
09/13/2020

Mayor Byron W. Brown

#GoBills

Never Forget.
09/12/2020

Never Forget.

09/11/2020
Water Workers are Essential

Thank you to all of our water and waste water workers!
https://youtu.be/ZfTqy_4Fnko

For Labor Day 2020 and every day, let's thank our water workers for keeping us safe and healthy. Water is essential to everything we do, and much of the work...

We are here to help! Please call us at 716.847.1065
09/10/2020

We are here to help! Please call us at 716.847.1065

The city is partnering with Montante Solar to install a solar farm on 28 acres of the 90-acre Unity Island Landfill, to ...
09/05/2020
City plans solar array at Unity Island wastewater plant

The city is partnering with Montante Solar to install a solar farm on 28 acres of the 90-acre Unity Island Landfill, to generate and supply electricity for our Bird Island Facility!

https://buffalonews.com/news/local/city-plans-solar-array-at-unity-island-wastewater-plant/article_2cd14f02-ee21-11ea-9782-7f892cfcd485.html

The city is partnering with Montante Solar to install a solar farm on 28 acres of the 90-acre Unity Island Landfill, to power the Buffalo Sewer Authority operation.

Timeline Photos
09/02/2020

Timeline Photos

Let's Get Water Wise
08/31/2020

Let's Get Water Wise

Do you have questions about the Get Water Wise Buffalo campaign and the Pathways to Affordable Water program? We’re utilizing financial assistance to lower water bills for eligible residents of the City of Buffalo, and we’re spreading the word all summer long. Learn more today at https://getwaterwisebuffalo.org/ and #LetsGetWaterWise together.

Mayor Byron W. Brown
08/24/2020

Mayor Byron W. Brown

I sent a letter to health insurers demanding that #COVID19 testing be covered, no exceptions. Testing is one of the few weapons we have in this fight against the global health pandemic.

What a wonderful tribute to John E. Brent, Buffalo’s first African American Architect. Brent’s vision can be seen at Jes...
08/21/2020

What a wonderful tribute to John E. Brent, Buffalo’s first African American Architect. Brent’s vision can be seen at Jesse Clipper Square. During our Willert Park Green Infrastructure project the incorporation of revitalizing the square to reflect John Brent’s original design was a truly proud moment for us and the City of Buffalo.

Honoring a true #Buffalo pioneer! I was proud to attend the unveiling of the new mural at The Buffalo Zoo, which pays tribute to John E. Brent, the City’s first African American architect. The mural was created by talented Buffalo artist James Cooper III, and is on display near the Zoo’s cast iron gates John Brent designed, which are on the National Register of Historic Places!

Since 2015 Mayor Byron W. Brown and Buffalo Sewer has worked hard to protect and restore the health of Buffalo’s waterwa...
08/17/2020
Buffalo's Willert Park Green Infrastructure Project Earns Envision Bronze Award | Institute For Sustainable Infrastructure

Since 2015 Mayor Byron W. Brown and Buffalo Sewer has worked hard to protect and restore the health of Buffalo’s waterways by addressing our stormwater challenge through Green Infrastructure! Thank you to the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure for recognizing one our Rain Check Projects with the Envision Bronze award for Sustainable Infrastructure.

https://sustainableinfrastructure.org/buffalos-willert-park-green-infrastructure-project-earns-envision-bronze-award/

Buffalo’s Willert Park Green Infrastructure Project Earns Envision Bronze Award 17-August-2020WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 17, 2020 – The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced today that the Buffalo Sewer Authority’s Willert Park Green Infrastructure Project in Buffalo, NY, i...

Let's Get Water Wise
08/14/2020

Let's Get Water Wise

Need a reason to apply for lower water bills through Pathways to Affordable Water? Consider the regular cost savings, and where you could direct that extra cash every month. Groceries? Savings? Lingering bills? These are the possibilities for City of Buffalo residents eligible for different levels of financial assistance to lower their payments year-round. Apply today at http://bit.ly/LGWW-ApplyNow and #LetsGetWaterWise together.

08/11/2020
Landscape Architecture Magazine

Back in February at Mayor Byron W. Brown’s State of the City address we announced that we are going after the largest Environmental Impact Bond the country as a way to install more green infrastructure and ensure Buffalo becomes an even more climate resilient city! We are still on track and Landscape Architecture Magazine just featured us in their August issue.

Raise Some Green: The Buffalo Sewer Authority's environmental impact bonds create new incentives for private landowners to install green stormwater management infrastructure. https://bit.ly/RAISESOMEGREEN

Don’t forget to fill out your #2020Census form. Communities that don’t get fully counted will miss out for the next 10 y...
08/10/2020

Don’t forget to fill out your #2020Census form. Communities that don’t get fully counted will miss out for the next 10 years! 10 years of missing out on money for infrastructure, schools, hospitals, and so much more. Take 5 mins to change our future.

New York Water Environment Association -  NYWEA
08/05/2020

New York Water Environment Association - NYWEA

NYWEA member Alex Emmerson and his 6 month old daughter Ellie in her NYWEA shirt that fits like a hockey jersey! Thank you Alex for your service to NYWEA and to the Buffalo Sewer Authority. Here's to the next generation of water conscious kids!
#essentialworkers #nywea #wef #bsa #waterquality #waterresourcerecovery #watersworthit 💧

Let's Get Water Wise
07/30/2020

Let's Get Water Wise

Buffalo Water is not only committed to providing affordable water to the residents of the City of Buffalo. It’s focused on safety—and making sure your family’s doesn’t come at a steep price. That’s why the public service has partnered with HomeServe to provide their customers affordable emergency repair plans that provide protection against costly and inconvenient repairs to systems through their homes and properties. Visit https://bit.ly/BuffaloWater-HomeServe today to learn more about this program, and how it can protect your water service now and in the future. #LetsGetWaterWise

Buffalo Sewer is helping to build a culture of equity and inclusion across the City. Since 2006 we have been effective a...
07/27/2020

Buffalo Sewer is helping to build a culture of equity and inclusion across the City. Since 2006 we have been effective at enhancing our workforce and advancing inclusionary practices. #Equity #WaterEquity

Let's Get Water Wise
07/25/2020

Let's Get Water Wise

Unforeseen circumstances can present serious financial challenges. Buffalo Water understands, and its Water Amnesty Program could help those currently behind on utility payments. Through Pathways to Affordable Water, eligible residents can enroll by calling (716) 847-1065, then agree to specific program criteria to erase water service-related debt. It’s one more way to get water wise, so call today, or visit https://buffalowater.org for more information. #LetsGetWaterWise

Wendel
07/24/2020

Wendel

This week, Wendel assisted the Buffalo Sewer Authority (BSA) and ASI Group Ltd. with Remotely Operated Vehicle/Sonar investigations on a series of sewer outfalls. Some of these outfalls were installed as far back as the early 1900’s! Because they were submerged, they were inaccessible by normal means. The information gathered will help the BSA verify the integrity of some of the oldest #infrastructure in #WNY. #history #ThinkWaterThinkWendel #BSA #Water #Wastewater #Engineer #CivilEngineering

US National Weather Service Buffalo NY
07/18/2020

US National Weather Service Buffalo NY

Heat Advisories and now severe storms #Sunday. Storm Prediction Center has issued a slight risk of severe storms for all of Western and North Central NY. Please share. #StaySafe #NYwx

Let's Get Water Wise
07/17/2020

Let's Get Water Wise

Summer can get busy, keeping you from completing all kinds of tasks on your to-do list—including your application for lower water bills through Pathways to Affordable Water. You’re not alone, but know this: Once you have all of your necessary documents ready, finishing your application is as easy as picking up where you left off. Just visit https://bit.ly/GWW-FinishApp, log back in with your name and contact information, upload what’s needed, and hit SUBMIT. It’s that easy, so #LetsGetWaterWise today!

Mayor Byron W. Brown
07/16/2020

Mayor Byron W. Brown

Happy #716Day to all! What’s more 716 than some Buffalo Bills players and our GM taking a picture from the top of Buffal...
07/16/2020

Happy #716Day to all! What’s more 716 than some Buffalo Bills players and our GM taking a picture from the top of Buffalo’s historic City Hall? #BillsMafia #GoBills

US National Weather Service Buffalo NY
07/16/2020

US National Weather Service Buffalo NY

Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon and evening, especially across western New York. The primary hazards are damaging winds and heavy rainfall. An isolated tornado is also possible.

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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.

Buffalo Sewer accepted and fulfilled its responsibility in full conformity with the intent and spirit of the mandate. It provided a system of intercepting sewers to bring sewage of the city to a then modern (1938) and efficient primary sewage treatment plant where solid matter was removed and incinerated, and all liquid matter chlorinated. With respect to the collection system, the City of Buffalo constructed a then state of the art combined sewer system that collected and transmitted sanitary and stormwater within a single pipe system. By design, the combined system was constructed with a number of overflow points, referred to as combined sewer overflows or CSOs which relieved the system during rainfall events when the large amounts of water (stormwater primarily) could have damaged the treatment plant and private property. For decades following its construction, the system served the city and surrounding suburbs well and continues to do so today.

However, with the increasing national awareness of the need to more fully protect our water resources, the State in 1966 directed further improvement of the facilities by providing secondary treatment. With the help of federal and state grants, secondary treatment facilities were constructed and placed in service in 1981. Throughout these improvements, the collection system continued to operate adequately with few improvements.

In the early 1990s the regulatory focus shifted from the treatment facilities to the collection systems. Not only in Buffalo but across the United States, emphasis was now being placed on the impacts of sewer overflows and on their reduction. In addition, Buffalo Sewer recognized the general inadequacy of the storm water capabilities of the existing combined sewer system of the city and prepared a comprehensive plan for the enlargement and betterment of the stormwater overflow system. It has since been engaged in the construction of sewers according to this plan and has eliminated many areas of formerly prevalent basement and surface flooding, as well as a number of the designed CSOs. Over time the need for continued reduction in the CSO events and volumes has been recognized by the regulatory agencies as well as Buffalo Sewer, and for some years now all new construction has been planned, whenever possible, to achieve this result or concept.

While much remains to be done, Buffalo Sewer is progressing toward having a high level of protection against such undesirable occurrences and at the same time doing its share in the fight against water pollution.

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