The Wastewater Management Program provides regulatory oversight for and technical assistance to Vermont's wastewater treatment facilities in cooperation with State, regional and national organizations.
Vermont's 92 municipal wastewater treatment facilities process more than 15 billion gallons of wastewater per year. Municipal wastewater, originating from a combination of domestic, commercial, and industrial activities, is conveyed to centralized wastewater treatment facilities and treated to established standards before discharge into a receiving water.
Some towns in Vermont utilize combined sewers where stormwater and wastewater are directed to and flow together through the sewer system to the treatment facility. Occasionally, as a result of precipitation events that surpass the capacity of the sewer collection system, combined sewer overflows (CSOs) may occur. For a list of recent sewer overflows that have been reported to the Wastewater Management Program, view Recently Reported Sewer Overflows.
The EPA recently released its Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for Lake Champlain and wastewater treatment facility discharges to Lake Champlain now have stricter phosphorus limits. For more information, please see our frequently asked questions (FAQ) relating to the Lake Champlain TMDL and wastewater treatment facilities.
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