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June 23, 2013

SIBOLSKI: A few words on water treatment

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Let me introduce myself, my name is Doug Sibolski and I am the superintendent / chief operator of the City of Lockport Waste Water Treatment Plant and Compost Facility. In the past few years there has been much public conversation and concern as to the water quality and safety of our local waterways.

This is a very important conversation that should be had, and welcomed; by all the people in this community but that is also a very complex, convoluted subject that should only be discussed in terms of pure facts. I am hoping to present a series of columns that will educate the readers as to what we actually do at the wastewater plant.

My position and job duties as a public servant are wide and encompassing and touch on many aspects of public safety, acountability and communication. As formally educated and licensed operators, laboratory technicians and environmentalist we do a large part in protecting the receiving stream (Eighteenmile Creek) but by no means are we the only caretakers; we all are.

Our job at the treatment plant is to receive all the sewage flow from the City of Lockport and parts of the Town of Lockport and to clean it to high standards that are set forth to us in parameters and permit limits issued by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Health Department and the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

The City of Lockport has two main waterways that flow through its boundaries; the Erie Canal and the Eighteenmile Creek and its tributaries. The DEC has rated all the surface waters in the state according to the condition of their waters and to what use the public can safely enjoy them. The rating system for the best waterways is an “A” and for the worst a “D.”

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