Delhi, New York, is a quiet little village nestled deep in the rolling hills of the Catskill Mountains. It’s also home to a SUNY campus and the West Branch Delaware River. The river forms part of the New York City watershed and for that reason is subject to a range of restrictions that govern how the community can use the water and develop the village.
In response to the tough regulations, Delhi has come up with an innovative solution that respects the watershed restrictions but also enables business expansion and economic development. They’re calling it the Subsurface and Disposal and Irrigation Project, or just ‘The Project’ for short.
Rather than disposing of waste water from the village treatment plant into the Delaware River, a system would redirect water through an underground pipeline to an infiltration basin where SUNY Delhi can reuse it for irrigation and grounds care for their golf course.