Wastewater Treatment Plant Division

Wastewater Treatment Plant Division

Q: Does the City provide tours of the Wastewater Treatment Plant?

A:  Yes, you can obtain information regarding a tour by calling (413) 499-9304.


Q: How much wastewater is treated at the Wastewater Treatment Plant in one day?

A:  As of 1995, 12,000,000 gallons of wastewater flow are treated per day.


Q: How are sludges in the Plant processed for disposal?

A:  All sludges are digested in the anaerobic digesters, dewatered to approximately 20% solids, and then hauled to an incinerator in Waterbury, Connecticut.


Q: Where does the facility discharge the treated effluent?

A:  The Housatonic River in accordance with an EPA discharge permit.


Q: Does the storm water system in the streets discharge to the sanitary sewer collection system then ultimately flow to the Wastewater Treatment Plant?

A:  No, the storm water systems typically discharge to a nearby water body.


Q: When was the Wastewater Treatment Plant built?

A:  The first treatment plant on the Holmes Road site was built circa 1900 with upgrades in 1915, 1937, 1963, 1976, and 1989.


 

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