Cybersecurity information and guidance are now available to wastewater and water entities to protect against the mounting cybersecurity threat. The Wastewater Management Program encourages all Permittees and Operators to review and adopt the recommended mitigations provided by the EPA and WaterISAC.
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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This section oversees the operation of Vermont's municipal, private and industrial wastewater treatment facilities (WWTFs) through periodic on-site inspections of facility operations, effluent data collections and laboratory testing procedures. The section is involved in technical review of many aspects of WWTF management, including twenty-year engineering evaluations, design review for upgrades, complaint investigations, emergency response plans, etc.
- For assistance with on-site (septic) wastewater systems with flows of less than 6,500 gallons per day or with municipal sewer connections, please consult the Wastewater Systems and Potable Water Supplies Regional Office Program
- For assistance with on-site wastewater systems with flows of greater than 6,500 gallons per day, please consult the Indirect Discharge Program
- Need training? The Wastewater Facility Operator Certification Program offers operator certification exams and training opportunities
- Looking for assistance with laboratory manuals, vendors, guidance documents? Try the Wastewater Laboratory Assistance Page
- For assistance with wastewater treatment facility energy efficiency, please consult Efficiency Vermont
Wastewater Inspector facility assignments are based on county.
To see a list of inspector facility assignments please visit our contact page.
We recognize that preparing this plan and conducting the associated monitoring and modelling may be unanticipated costs for the affected communities. To that end we are pleased to announce that financial assistance is available through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). The CWSRF has 0% interest rate planning loan funds that include generous loan principal forgiveness for preparing long term control plans, conducting hydraulic and hydrologic modeling (H&H study) and for some projects that address water quality through technical means. The program has a defined amount of loan forgiveness that can be provided and it is issued on a first-come-first-served basis until it has all been awarded. Additional information regarding the CWSRF Program can be found here. Please contact Thomas Brown at (802) 622-4205 at Thomas.Brown@vermont.gov for additional information.