Cleaning up the Sound – starting with city sewage overflows

Jul 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: Water

Last week, Save the Sound testified publicly in favor of the New Haven regional sewer authority investing $50 million in sewage treatment plant improvements in New Haven. Part of the environmental justice is providing clean water, safe swimming, and safe boating and clamming for all people, including under served communities like New Haven. By cleaning up New Haven’s harbor, we clean up the entire Sound.

The effects of stormwater overflow in West Haven, Conn. (cjzurcher)

The effects of stormwater overflow in West Haven, Conn. (cjzurcher)

New Haven has an enormous clean water problem. The Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority estimates that 257 million gallons of sewage overflows occur in New Haven Harbor during an average year of rain. This is a mixture of raw sewage coming from all the toilets in New Haven as well as stormwater collected off our city streets and rooftops. Our sewer plumbing in New Haven, like most old industrial cities, is antiquated. During rainstorms, it all gets mixed together into a toxic brew, in volumes far too large to be treated at the plant, and millions of gallons is dumped untreated into the Quinnipiac River, the Mill River, the Harbor, the West River.

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