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.

How long does it take to apply for more affordable water bills through Pathways to Affordable Water? You can determine y...
06/05/2020

How long does it take to apply for more affordable water bills through Pathways to Affordable Water? You can determine your eligibility for the free and equitable program to assist residents of the City of Buffalo in as little as 10 minutes. That’s a sliver of time for big savings on your water bills, so start your application today at http://bit.ly/LGWW-ApplyNow. #LetsGetWaterWise

How long does it take to apply for more affordable water bills through Pathways to Affordable Water? You can determine your eligibility for the free and equitable program to assist residents of the City of Buffalo in as little as 10 minutes. That’s a sliver of time for big savings on your water bills, so start your application today at http://bit.ly/LGWW-ApplyNow. #LetsGetWaterWise

Due to last night’s thunderstorm and high winds we have crews out today across the city to deal with street flooding and...
06/03/2020

Due to last night’s thunderstorm and high winds we have crews out today across the city to deal with street flooding and debris concerns.

[6:20AM Update] Showers and scattered thunderstorms will move into Western NY early this morning with gusty winds and brief, heavy downpours. Watch for ponding of water and reduced visibility on roads this morning, including in the #Buffalo Metro Area. #nywx

Let's Get Water Wise
05/28/2020

Let's Get Water Wise

Have you already started your application for aid through Pathways to Affordable Water, but still need to send additional documents for approval? If so, don’t forget that finishing your application is as easy as picking up where you left off. Just visit http://bit.ly/LGWW-ApplyAddDocs, log back in with your name and contact information, upload what’s needed and submit. Don’t delay. #LetsGetWaterWise today!

05/26/2020
Mayor Brown's Message to Essential Workers

Mayor Brown's Message to Essential Workers

This is "Mayor Brown's Message to Essential Workers" by City of Buffalo on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Please remember to drink plenty of water!
05/26/2020

Please remember to drink plenty of water!

Hot and humid conditions are expected across the area today. Heat index values will top out in the 85 to 95 degree range this afternoon. If outside today...take frequent breaks inside and drink plenty of water.

Today at 4pm our General Manager OJ McFoy will join other NY water professionals on a workforce panel webinar! If you ha...
05/20/2020
New York Water Environment Association - NYWEA

Today at 4pm our General Manager OJ McFoy will join other NY water professionals on a workforce panel webinar! If you have any questions about starting a new job, summer internships, or the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the water sector make sure to register.

TODAY: Join New York Water Environment Association - NYWEA & New York Section AWWA for a Water Sector Workforce Panel Webinar for Students & Young Professionals! Do you have questions about starting a new job, summer internship, or impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the water sector? Join us for a webinar with a panel of New York water sector leaders, assembled to answer your questions. Panelists include Jim Roberts, H2M architects + engineers; Paul Granger, Hicksville Water District; Oluwole “OJ” McFoy, Buffalo Sewer Authority; & Richard Straut, Barton & Loguidice. Register now: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7mJlQNfQQROXWJ8KCQTObQ

#NYWEA #NYSAWWA #WaterWorkforce #WatersWorthIt

05/19/2020
Windsor Road Case Study

Find out how Erdman Anthony helped the Buffalo Sewer Authority repair the 1880s- to 1900s-vintage sewer pipes on Windsor Avenue. Our solutions were cost-effective, were minimally disruptive, and are destined to provide decades of reliable service. #SewerMains #Trenches

Windsor Avenue – one of the City of Buffalo’s many historic neighborhoods – and its vital underground infrastructure date from the 1880s to the 1900s. Join p...

05/19/2020
UNCUT Water Treatment

Mayor Byron W. Brown's latest City of Buffalo Behind the Scenes video features our very own Treatment Plant Superintendent Dave Rossney!

This is "UNCUT Water Treatment" by City of Buffalo on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Mayor Byron W. Brown
05/19/2020

Mayor Byron W. Brown

Has your facility been closed for weeks? Make sure to flush the water pipes. When buildings have been unoccupied, water ...
05/12/2020

Has your facility been closed for weeks? Make sure to flush the water pipes. When buildings have been unoccupied, water lines can become unhealthy. Learn more at BuffaloWater.org

Let's Get Water Wise
05/12/2020

Let's Get Water Wise

The ongoing COVID-19 health crisis has interrupted our lives with a host of new concerns. Being assured of affordable water shouldn’t be among them. Through Pathways to Affordable Water, we’re utilizing financial assistance to lower water bills for eligible residents of the City of Buffalo. It’s all about getting water wise, so learn more about this initiative at getwaterwisebuffalo.org. #LetsGetWaterWise

#DrinkingWaterWeek
05/08/2020

#DrinkingWaterWeek

Over the last 10 years, Buffalo Water has invested more than $95 million in capital improvements to maintain and enhance the City of Buffalo’s drinking water. That’s good news for one of the region’s most valuable resources—and even better news for those thirsty for a cold drink. Learn more about how Buffalo Water is caring for your drinking water at https://bit.ly/BuffaloWater-Drinking. #LetsGetWaterWise

This thank you note from Megan McNally and The Foundry meant a lot to all of us here at Buffalo Sewer. Now, more than ev...
05/05/2020

This thank you note from Megan McNally and The Foundry meant a lot to all of us here at Buffalo Sewer. Now, more than ever, water industries across the U.S. are working hard to make sure that water is #ThereWhenYouNeedIt.

Let's Get Water Wise
05/04/2020

Let's Get Water Wise

We’re all looking for smart ways to save money on things we use every day. Through Pathways to Affordable Water, City of Buffalo residents could be eligible for different levels of financial assistance to lower their regular water bill payments all year. Apply today at http://bit.ly/LGWW-ApplyNow and #LetsGetWaterWise together.

05/01/2020
Thank You, OJ McFoy

On this #WorkersDay2020 we would like to thank all of our employees at Buffalo Sewer and every water professional who work tirelessly 24/7 providing an essential service to our city. Thank you for keeping our water safe, clean, & flowing. #WaterWeek2020

https://youtu.be/kK8fd0tthw8

#WaterWeek2020
05/01/2020

#WaterWeek2020

💧 Did you know?! 💧

When you recycle you are saving landfill space, saving energy and saving WATER! Let's work together and #LetsGetWaterWise

#WaterWeek2020
04/30/2020

#WaterWeek2020

Buffalo Water is committed to providing clean, affordable water to the residents of the City of Buffalo. Along with supporting initiatives like Pathways to Affordable Water, the public utility answers pressing questions and offers conveniences like online bill pay on their website. Visit buffalowater.org today to find out ways Buffalo Water can help you. #LetsGetWaterWise

#WaterWeek2020
04/29/2020

#WaterWeek2020

#WaterWeek2020

Thank you to the American Planning Association for recognizing our Rain Check 2.0 Opportunity Report with the National A...
04/27/2020
Rain Check 2.0 Opportunity Report

Thank you to the American Planning Association for recognizing our Rain Check 2.0 Opportunity Report with the National Achievement Silver Award for for Environmental Planning!
https://planning.org/awards/2020/achievement/rain-check-2-0/

Rain Check 2.0 is the recipient of a 2020 National Planning Achievement Award for Environmental Planning. Rain Check 2.0 uses comprehensive analysis of environmental, economic, and social factors to help identify and prioritize areas where planning has the most impact.

Let's Get Water Wise
04/24/2020

Let's Get Water Wise

Conservation. Education. Financial assistance. All three are essential in making water bills more reasonable; and through Pathways to Affordable Water, we’re utilizing the trio to aid residents of the City of Buffalo. Reach out for more info on the initiative at getwaterwisebuffalo.org. #LetsGetWaterWise

04/22/2020
Buffalo Rain Check - Great Lakes Now - 1013 - Segment 3

Happy Earth Day! 🌎

“From Rust to Resilience: What climate change means for Great Lakes Cities,” is a show by Great Lakes Now! The City of Buffalo, Mayor Byron W. Brown, and Buffalo Sewer are featured! Our General Manager OJ McFoy and Landscape Architect Kevin Meindl talk about how we are using Green Infrastructure to manage Buffalo’s rainwater and sewer overflows.

https://youtu.be/acSH3iv7QuQ

As climate change brings heavier rains to the Midwest, cities are turning to permeable pavement, rain gardens, rain barrels and retention ponds to absorb or ...

Let's Get Water Wise
04/20/2020

Let's Get Water Wise

Are you a resident of the City of Buffalo whose household income qualifies for financial assistance through the Pathways to Affordable Water program? You could be eligible for lower water bills, so visit getwaterwisebuffalo.org to find out—and #LetsGetWaterWise.

Mayor Byron W. Brown
04/20/2020

Mayor Byron W. Brown

Mayor Byron W. Brown
04/15/2020

Mayor Byron W. Brown

Let's Get Water Wise
04/15/2020

Let's Get Water Wise

In addition to added relief through Pathways to Affordable Water, there are additional measures to lower water costs even further, including low-income senior discounts, monthly payment plans and extended repayment periods. Many options could provide added relief during our currently unfolding economic uncertainties. Are you taking advantage of every available option? Find out more at getwaterwisebuffalo.org #LetsGetWaterWise

New York Water Environment Association -  NYWEA
04/14/2020

New York Water Environment Association - NYWEA

NYWEA would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our water professionals for their continued protection of water quality and public health during this difficult time. We know you are working tirelessly to provide clean water to your communities along with keeping yourself and your families safe and we want you to know that we are so proud of all of you! Your hard work has not gone unnoticed during this virus and we would like to give a huge shoutout to our unsung heroes. 💧
#NYWEA #WEF #ThankAnOperator #WaterQuality #COVID19 #CleanWaterCareers #WatersWorthIt

Mayor Byron W. Brown
04/13/2020

Mayor Byron W. Brown

Let's Get Water Wise
04/13/2020

Let's Get Water Wise

Pathways to Affordable Water (PAW) is a free and equitable program from Buffalo Water and other community partners to help the City of Buffalo and its residents. Through education, conservation and financial assistance, we’re working for those who may need help paying their water bill before and after managing through the COVID-19 crisis. Together, we can get through it and help everyone get water wise.

Want to find out more? Visit getwaterwisebuffalo.org for more information. #LetsGetWaterWise

For more information on Buffalo Water's affordability program please follow Let's Get Water Wise
04/10/2020

For more information on Buffalo Water's affordability program please follow Let's Get Water Wise

We all deserve affordable water—especially during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Through Pathways to Affordable Water (PAW), City of Buffalo residents could be eligible for different levels of financial assistance to lower their regular water bill payments all year. See if you qualify at getwaterwisebuffalo.org. #LetsGetWaterWise

Visit Buffalo Niagara
04/09/2020

Visit Buffalo Niagara

While it's best practice to stay in your homes at this time, if you need to leave the house, here are ways to maintain the required 6-foot physical distance in units of measurement that Buffalonians are sure to understand. 😉

04/08/2020

We are 85 years old today! For the past 8 decades we have strived to protect our Great Lakes by collecting and cleaning billions of gallons of water for drinking, food, cleaning, health care, industry use and recreation. Thank you to all of our current and past employees who have worked tirelessly providing a 24 hours a day 7 days a week essential service to the residents of the City of Buffalo!

Last week we signed on to endorse this effort and are excited to continue our work with The Value of Water in achieving ...
04/06/2020

Last week we signed on to endorse this effort and are excited to continue our work with The Value of Water in achieving these goals.

#Water service is essential to public health and thriving communities. During the #coronavirus pandemic, we need strong water systems so they can endure challenges in the short and long term. Join us and sign on the four principles critical to water: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfBFxgFpNNxqQpdODymqQlC8nxjGVm64Of3ElVY7D4MQsLuRg/viewform

Mayor Byron W. Brown
04/04/2020

Mayor Byron W. Brown

Being there for each other during the #COVID19 Emergency! I launched my latest initiative, the Good Neighbors Network, today on Buffalo’s East Side. Hundreds of volunteers, block club members, police and others will be hanging these on every residence across the City of #Buffalo. The door hangers provide residents with valuable information, including how to request non-emergency assistance. We will continue to support each other in this difficult situation. We are the City of Good Neighbors.

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04/01/2020

Please share!

US National Weather Service Buffalo NY
03/29/2020

US National Weather Service Buffalo NY

#Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for portions of Western NY including Buffalo NY, Cheektowaga NY, Tonawanda NY until 2:30 PM EDT. Warning map below.

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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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