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October 8, 2012

Delhi to benefit from water project

The Daily Star

---- — The village of Delhi will receive a multimillion dollar wastewater disposal system under the NY Works program, according to a media release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. 

The project, once completed, will enable two local businesses to create more than 80 jobs and generate tens of millions of dollars in economic activity, the release said. The $2.2 million project will also create a state-of-the-art irrigation system for the championship golf course at the State University College of Technology at Delhi and reduce water pollution entering the New York City drinking water system.

“Across New York state, the NY Works program is allowing critical projects to start now, creating jobs and restoring our state’s infrastructure,” Cuomo said in the release. “This project will allow businesses in Delaware County to expand their operations and hire more than 80 New Yorkers.”

Developed by the Center of Excellence in Watershed Applications of Technology for Economic Revitalization (COE in WATER) at SUNY Delhi, the project diverts 200,000 gallons of treated wastewater per day into a new subsurface storage and irrigation system. By expanding the water-treatment capacity of the Delhi plant, two industries will be able to significantly expand their business operations in Delhi — Friesland Campina, a biotechnology firm, and MorningStar/Ultra Dairy, a dairy and food processor.

Along with this increased economic activity, SUNY Delhi will be able to expand its academic curriculum by creating a science-based, national teaching model for energy-efficient water use, irrigation applications and management practices in urban/suburban watersheds and water-restricted areas.

The NY Works program leveraged $700,000, including $450,000 from New York State Homes & Community Renewal and $250,000 from the New York State Environmental Facilities Corp. The project was identified by the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council. Another $1.5 million has been budgeted for project, including $1 million from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP).

Friesland Campina is planning a two-phase, $40,000,000 expansion project, which would double its existing plant production and add 50 employees. The new wastewater improvements will also allow MorningStar/Ultra Diary to add an estimated 30 new jobs to its current payroll of 130 employees.

SUNY Delhi President Candace S. Vancko said: “Gov. Cuomo’s announcement is tremendous news for our region. SUNY Delhi and the COE in WATER are proud partners in creating a solution that will allow the Village of Delhi to meet the expansion needs of Ultra Dairy and Friesland Campina Domo and bring new jobs to the area. We believe this is a project that will serve as a national model for how economic growth can take place in water restricted regions.”

The championship-level course managed by the College Foundation at Delhi is currently watered from the Little Delaware River. By using the new disposal and irrigation system, the release said, The College Golf Course at Delhi would have a renewable irrigation resource that would be an energy- and water-efficiency model for golf courses around the nation.

SUNY Delhi offers a major in golf course management and professional golf management, but its ability to irrigate is limited under the terms of a withdrawal permit from the Little Delaware River.

COE in WATER is a partnership between SUNY Delhi, the Delaware County Industrial Development Agency, SUNY Environmental College of Science and Forestry in Syracuse.