Audit reveals minor issues at sewer plant

JOHNSTOWN – The Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility had only minor deficiencies in late-summer state and federal audits, officials said.

“There wasn’t any major findings,” facility Manager Wallace Arnold said Tuesday.

Laboratory Director Mark Levendusky told the Joint Sewer Board that a state Department of Health auditor was at the facility Aug. 17 to inspect. It was a scheduled audit through DOH’s Environmental Laboratory Approval Program, he said.

Levendusky reported some “minor deficiencies were identified” by the state. He said they included some incorrect weights used during annual calibration and some clerical discrepancies. He said corrective actions are underway.

The sewer plant official also reported that three auditors from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were on site Aug. 23-25.

“They [auditors] almost came in the same week,” Arnold said.

Levendusky reported the auditors toured and inspected the Fage USA yogurt factory to familiarize themselves with dairy wastewater loadings. A full tour of the sewage treatment plant was provided, he said.

Levendusky said 24-hour composite samples of the plant’s influent and effluent were collected. Distributions of the industrial mass loadings were discussed, and he said a final report is pending, he said.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected].

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