CORNING - A study will begin in early spring to identify needed upgrades at the aging Corning wastewater treatment plant and sanitary collection system.

The City Council unanimously accepted a $30,000 state grant Monday night to fund the study geared to identify needed upgrades.

City Manager Mark Ryckman said the findings will be used on subsequent federal grant applications for general upgrades to the watewater plant and imporovement to the collection system. No timeline has been set for the improvements.

“I think it’s a very proactive approach by the city and I hope that this effort will leverage additional funding opportunities,” said Deputy Mayor Chris Karam, R-3.

The study is expected to be completed in the late summer, Ryckman said. Under the $30,000 New York State Environmental Facilities Corp. Grant the city must pay $6,000 in-kind service.

“It is a needed project to determine what improvements are needed at the wastewater treatment plant and the (sanitary) collection system,” Ryckman said. “It’s really a part of a long term plan to upgrade the systems.”

The Corning wastewater plant, built in 1969, processes about one million gallons of wastewater a day, and on days of heavy rains, that amount often rises to about 6.5 million gallons a day, according to Larry Wagner, superintendent of public works.