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DEC reaches settlement with Nisky

Inflow is storm water entering the sanitary sewer system through direct connection points, such as improper connections of sump pumps in residential homes. Infiltration is ground water that enters the sanitary sewer cracks in sewer pipes.

Councilman Jonathan McKinney said he thought the settlement reached was a good compromise.

"Of course we still have a lot of work to do, but we are headed in the right direction," said McKinney. "My position from the beginning is we do not reinvest enough into our infrastructure."

Any spending outside of the core functions over government will need to be looked at, said McKinney, with the town possibly having to make some tough funding decisions in the future.

Supervisor Joe Landry has previously stated he doesn't think the cost of improvements will be significant for the town, but McKinney disagrees.

"It is going to be significant, " said McKinney about the cost. "What you are looking at is in infrastructure that was designed to last 50 years, and we are at year 70 in some instances."

With a logical plan, McKinney said, the town could be on its way to fixing the problem in five years.

McKinney said bringing the problem to the public allows them to be aware of it and make sure they are not a part of the problem. Niskayuna officials have repeatedly stated faulty residential connections to the sewer lines through sump pumps are real part of the problem.

"Right now it is an honor system and I think everyone needs to check if they have an illegal hook up," said McKinney.

He did acknowledge and thank the sewer department for the hard work they've been and will be putting into solving the problem.

Every year since the original order of consent was issued in 2003 the town has been submitting reports to the DEC documenting what has been done in the town to reduce the inflow and infiltration problem. This was the first time the DEC has taken action against the town.

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