KENMORE, N.Y. (WIVB) - Sewer overflows affect local governments across Western New York, and the Village of Kenmore is taking a small but important step to stop them.
State Senator Chris Jacobs announced Kenmore is getting $300,000 from the state to seal some of the village's aging sanitary sewers.
They are using a new process designed to give taxpayers a bigger and better bang for their buck.
In the past, replacing a leaky sewer pipe would cost millions of dollars just to put in a couple hundred feet.
This new process seems to render pipe replacement as obsolete as analog TV.
The $300,000 state grant will allow Kenmore to seal the sanitary sewers below three streets, but village officials hope this is just the beginning.
Heavy rains can cause sewage treatment plants to overflow when the rain leaks into the sanitary sewer pipes and overwhelms the system.
This new method of lining the pipes with thick rubber seals the water out and significantly reduces the amount of storm water.
The village has been operating under a consent order with the state DEC to cut down on sewer overflows since 2011.
The liner process is called "cured in place pipeline" which entails cleaning out the sewer lines, cutting off tree roots growing into the sewers, and sending a small video camera through to inspect the work.
Cheektowaga, which is also under a state consent order, started lining their sewers back in July.
In the past, crews would have to dig up the sewer, remove the damaged pipe, and replace it with new sewers.
The rubber liners are supposed to last at least 50 years.