Laberge Group was retained by the Town of Moreau to provide design and construction services to extend the existing sewer system to serve the Route 9 commercial corridor. Neighboring communities along the same corridor have experienced healthy growth rates and expanded tax bases, while growth along this corridor in Moreau has stagnated. The lack of a municipal sewer system has been identified by Town leadership and prospective developers as the key impediment to development and economic growth.  

Another impetus for undertaking the sewer extension is the need to address environmental issues caused by current on-site wastewater disposal systems. Many of the current septic systems are located in soil that is ill-suited to the task, so it is likely that wastewater is not being adequately treated before flows reach groundwater.

Another incentive for undertaking the extension is to assist residents of three mobile home parks in the service area. These low-income residents, who already cover costly ongoing septic maintenance, face more expensive mitigation in the near future. The innovative tax structure established to finance the sewer district will help sewer rates become more affordable as development increases. 

In the first phase of the project, Laberge Group has assisted the Town by:

  • Developing a Map, Plan & Report.
  • Facilitating the formation of the required sewer district along Route 9 (comprised solely of commercial properties).
  • Providing services in support of a successful public referendum on the proposed sewer extension.
  • Partnering with the Town to secure funding for the $16 million project (the largest infrastructure expenditure in Town history), including a $4 million NY Water grant and a $12 million EFC loan at 0% interest for 30 years.

The design for the sewer extension calls for approximately 31,000 linear feet of low pressure sewer and 27,400 linear feet of forcemain. The decision to utilize a low pressure system rather than gravity lines is projected to save approximately $1 million. The system will transport sewage to the City of Glens Falls for treatment by prior inter-municipal agreement. 

The sewer extension is as much an economic development initiative as it is a sewer infrastructure undertaking. News of the sewer extension’s imminent construction has already encouraged investments from business owners and developers. These developments will bring much-needed jobs to the Town, while expanding and diversifying the tax base. 


If you are contemplating extending your community’s wastewater collection system extension to spur economic growth and improve service provision, get in touch to discuss the options available to you – including the funding  available to defray the cost. We’d be happy to hear from you.