JOHNSTOWN - The Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board has approved a new two-year, $70,000 amended agreement with a New Jersey firm that uses part of the sewer plant for research.
The board amended its existing agreement with HydroQual Inc., an environmental engineering and consulting firm with a Syracuse office. The current contract expires Dec. 31. Under the new agreement, the company will pay the sewer plant $35,000 annually for 2015 and 2016.
HydroQual has been doing research at the sewage treatment plant on Union Avenue Extension for several years.
"It's been a good relationship," said Wastewater Engineer Tyler Masick. "We kind of like having them around."
He said the amended action by the board basically extends HydroQual's rental agreement for two years.
HydroQual tests ultraviolet disinfecting units in ongoing research at the sewer facility. The company tested potable and non-potable units last year. In addition, tests on peracetic acid disinfection have been done on sewer-plant effluent.
Masick said the tank HydroQual primarily uses already was used by the sewer facility.
"All they're doing is using space we don't need," said board member Kevin Jones.
The sewer plant also is helping HydroQual to better treat high-strength waste through a $50,000 state grant the company received. The firm received the grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
Officials say the HydroQual grant will be used by the company to develop ways to better treat high-strength waste. The project involves an innovative way to treat wastewater. The sewer plant will do extensive lab testing for the project and provide services to HydroQual, but also gain insight into how to better run the plant, officials said.