Rockaway WWTP Installs Odor Control and Air Filtration Systems

Aluminum panels help control odor — and foster community relationships — at the Rockaway Wastewater Treatment Facility.
Rockaway WWTP Installs Odor Control and Air Filtration Systems
NYC Water installed aluminum panels for odor control. The project also included a new ventilation system.

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New York City Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Emily Lloyd announced that new odor control and air filtration systems have been installed at the Rockaway Wastewater Treatment Facility. Located along Beach Channel Drive in Rockaway Park, N.Y., the facility has the capacity to receive and treat up to 45 mgd. As part of the $1 million project, 205 aluminum panels were installed over nearly 6,500 square feet of outdoor tanks. In addition, the trapped air will be pulled from the tanks through a new ventilation system and put through an activated carbon filtration process that removes odor producing particles and chemicals before the clean air is released. To further improve air quality DEP has also planted nearly 100 new trees around the perimeter of the plant.

“The proper collection and treatment of wastewater is absolutely essential to both public health and our natural environment,” said Lloyd. “Working with local leaders, we are pleased to make this $1 million investment in new odor control and air filtration systems at the Rockaway Wastewater Treatment Facility that will ensure that we continue to protect Jamaica Bay with minimal disruption to our neighbors.”

“The odors from the wastewater treatment plant have been a nuisance for families in Rockaway,” said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder. “This is a huge step forward for our community and I commend DEP for taking the necessary actions to ensure our air is clean and healthy for our neighborhood and children.”

“We are always grateful to the DEP for responding to DOE and parent concerns regarding the atmosphere around our school buildings," said DOE Deputy Chancellor of Operations Kathleen Grimm. "These improvements to the Rockaway Wastewater Treatment Plant will provide a more pleasant environment for our students, our staff, and the neighborhood of Rockaway Park. Especially for a part of New York City so affected by Hurricane Sandy, we appreciate the DEP’s efforts.”

The Rockaway Wastewater Treatment Facility went into operation in 1952 and receives wastewater from more than 90,000 New Yorkers living in, or visiting, the Rockaways. Over the past decade DEP has invested more than $10 billion to upgrade and enhance the capacity of the city’s 14 wastewater treatment plants and the health and cleanliness of New York harbor continues to improve to levels not seen in more than a century.

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