The Town's treatment plant SPDES (State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permit allows for 7.5 million gallons a day to be discharged into Lake Ontario. The Village of Webster operates under the Town's SPDES permit. THe Village makes up for 2.5 million gallons a day of the 7.5 million gallons and goes through a pipe at the west end of the treatment facility and is only chlorinated by the Town's treatment plant before it is discharged into the lake, the Village of Webster's treatment plant on Webster Road handles all other treatment before it is sent to the Town for chlorination.
The Town's treatment plant utilizes the activated sludge secondary treatment process and is capable of producing a treatment effluent that exceeds State and Federal requirements.
There are three digesters which aid in the breakdown of the sewage converting it to water and methane gas, the gas is recaptured to fuel the boiler system in the sludge process building to reduce natural gas costs to the treatment plant.
The Town disposes of 210 wet tons of sludge each month. To put this in perspective that would fill approximately 96-6 wheeled dump trucks each month.
The treatment plant also maintains a New York State certified laboratory, which tests samples from various locations three times a day for chlorine residual, settable solids, pH, temperature, total coliform, BOD and various other tests. These results have to be reported to the State on a monthly basis.
The employees of the treatment plant take pride in keeping Lake Ontario one of the most valuable resources in the Northeast United States.