A Sensible Merger for Amherst, Williamsville

July 12, 2019
Amherst's wastewater treatment plant serves both the town and the Village of Williamsville, though their systems are separate. The municipalities are exploring the possibility of combing them. (Sharon Cantillon/News file photo)
Amherst’s wastewater treatment plant serves both the town and the Village of Williamsville, though their systems are separate. The municipalities are exploring the possibility of combing them.

Officials of Amherst and Williamsville have a great idea – again. They are looking at combining their sanitary sewer systems and, given the possible cost savings – and the craziness of paying for separate systems – the municipalities should proceed expeditiously.

Amherst Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa, who previously served as the village’s mayor, just a couple of years ago identified the sanitary sewer system as one of Williamsville’s major challenges. In 2017, the system accounted for 40 percent of the village’s budget. He said, then: “The sanitary sewer is a problem from a number of ways you look at it. We have, and always will have, infiltration and inflow issues.”

Inflow occurs when groundwater or stormwater enters the sanitary sewers through improper connections. Leaks into the pipes are known as infiltration.

Kulpa’s successor as mayor, Daniel DeLano, also supported combining the two systems. DeLano did not seek reelection after serving a one-year term in 2018. Now, it is up to Kulpa and Williamsville Mayor Deb Rogers to find a way forward.
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