We Make Water Work
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The Buffalo Sewer Authority protects public health and our Great Lakes waterways from water pollution. To do this, we capture dirty water, treat and clean it so that it can be safely returned to our rivers and lakes.
Our job is to maintain and improve the infrastructure, innovation, and efficiency of our water resources to ensure the quality of life throughout Western New York.
HOW WE MEASURE SUCCESS
We generate 191,328 MCF of natural gas each year – enough to heat 1,789 homes annually.
We clean an average of 120,000,000 gallons of water each day – enough to fill 185 Olympic swimming pools of 660,430 gallons each.
We use green approaches to manage runoff from 700 acres of urban land – or the area of 540 football fields.
We have received certificates of achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association – 33 years in a row.
Turning Water Into Power
- Environment Impact Bond 25 Feb, 2020 - City of Buffalo to launch the largest Environmental Impact Bond…
- Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting 16 Aug, 2019 - The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has…
- National Infrastructure Week 14 May, 2019 - Buffalo Sewer Authority Kicks Off National Infrastructure Week with Tours…
- Hertel at Deer Project 5 Mar, 2019 - The Hertel at Deer Project begins construction in March of…
- Buffalo Sewer presents at Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition & Conference. 3 Oct, 2018 - Catherine Knab, P.E., Principal Sanitary Engineer at Buffalo Sewer will…
Bid & RFP Announcements
- Real-Time Controlled Smart Sewer Projects RFQ 9 Sep, 2021 - Request for Qualifications
- Mill Race RTC Structure 8 Sep, 2021 - Invitation to bid
- Broadway at Oak Real Time Control Project 8 Sep, 2021 - Invitation to Bid Unofficial Bid Results
- Bird Island Treatment Facility Secondary System Rehabilitation and Upgrades 22 Apr, 2021 - Invitation to bid
The Buffalo Sewer Authority has developed the below interactive map to serve as a notification system to alert the public of the occurrence of combined sewer overflow (CSO) events. Click on a location for additional details.
The probability of CSO discharges increases during wet weather.
Buffalo Sewer has developed this notification system to alert the public of the occurrence of combined sewer overflow (CSO) events. During wet weather, stormwater enters the sewer system, combining with wastewater, often leading to permitted CSO discharges. These discharges are the result of the historical design of the system to prevent basement flooding. Buffalo Sewer is working to eliminate the effects of CSO’s on our Great Lakes waterways. As our efforts to address CSO’s continue, we want to make sure to notify the users of our waterways about the pollution concerns. As many other conditions affect the water quality of our waterways, we urge users to use care during recreation. Please be advised that the information displayed in this map is based on a computer model and may not represent real-time activity. Buffalo Sewer continues to update the model to better reflect actual conditions.