Environmental Services

Environmental Manager Jonathan P. Ruff, P.E., leads the City Environmental Services Department which provides drinking water and wastewater treatment through the City’s Water Resource Recovery Facility and the Water Filtration Plant.

Water Resource Recovery Facility

The Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) is led by Chief Plant Operator Kris Gushlaw, who has the highest possible wastewater operator certification of 4A.

 The WRRF was built in 1973. It is rated for 16 million gallons of wastewater per day and provides a variety of physical, biological, and chemical treatment to ensure protection of the Saranac River and Lake Champlain. Present initiatives include:

  • Evaluation of enhanced phosphorus removal.
  • Development of a combined sewer overflow long term control plan.
  • Repair of aging concrete.
  • Replacement of aging roofs.

The facility also provides service to other municipalities and private parties through a comprehensive hauled waste program.

Water Filtration Plant

The Water Filtration Plant (WFP) is led by Chief Plant Operator Bill Todd, who has the highest possible drinking water certification of 1A.

The WFP was built in 1936 and expanded in 1956. It is rated for 9 million gallons per day and provides physical and chemical cleaning and disinfection of water prior to distribution for use. Fluoride is also added for tooth health. Present initiatives include:

  • The construction of new covered water storage tanks.
  • The repair of the 1956 filter building addition.
  • The evaluation of the facility’s ability to meet future regulations through intensive analyses of disinfection byproducts in the distribution system analyses and of e coli and cryptosporidium in the raw reservoir water.

If you have any questions please contact our offices.

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Jonathan P. Ruff, PE is the Environmental Manager for The City of Plattsburgh, under whose supervision falls the Water Resource Recovery Facility and the Water Filtration Plant.