Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Trouble at the Stamford Sewage Treatment Plant

The Stamford sewage treatment plant was exemplary for so long that it's a surprise to hear that there seems to be big trouble there.

First, a few months ago, there were complaints from a couple of shellfishermen in the Stamford-Greenwich area about how troubles with the plant's disinfectant system were forcing them to curtail harvesting oysters and clams and therefore costing them money.

Then a couple of weeks ago Stamford figured prominently in a story about how power outages at treatment plants caused sewage spills during the two big storms in the second half of last year.

Now today's Advocate has a long piece about how the cause of the problems might well be poor leadership at the plant and poor oversight in city hall. It's worth reading, here. My only quibble is that I would have liked to have seen a couple more paragraphs about how the administrative troubles have led to water pollution troubles.


Anonymous septic tank and sewage treatment plant said...

When will they learn that decentralised sewage treatment is the only way to ensure that these pollution incidents don't happen? Australia has learned the lesson with new ECO towns adopting decentralised sewage treatment.
Imagine if the only effluent leaving every property was clean water?

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Wastewater Guidelines said...

Most common mistakes are usually due to human error although equipment problem does come once in a while. All these depend on how checklist system is being carried out and although the system is already in place, without proper monitoring, these thing will still happen. Sadly, incident like this will always lead to major catastrophe.

9:07 AM  

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