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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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.