Officials from Albany County, N.Y., and Saratoga County, N.Y., have announced the next steps of a plan to construct a $45 million organic waste facility after a successful feasibility study that took place last year. A joint anaerobic digester will accept waste from two Albany County plants as well as a sewer treatment plant from Saratoga County.
County officials say the facility should save each county approximately $20 million over 20 years and also reduce sewer and water rates for residents of both counties. The two counties are expected to share the construction, operation and maintenance costs.
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Conducted by Arcadis of Clifton Park, the study assessed the existing infrastructure, evaluated data at the three plants, identified design criteria and funding sources, and helped prepare a master plan and project schedule.
The study was funded by a $50,000 grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and $50,000 split evenly between the two counties.
While plans for an anaerobic digester in Albany County have been discussed for several years, Saratoga County's recent interest helped move it forward.