Wastewater plant working with DEC to account for high flow rates from 2011 flooding

NORWICH Ė Itís been six months since Septemberís floods devastated the area and nearly a year since the 2011 spring flooding, but the cityís wastewater treatment plant is still seeing the adverse effects of both floods that caused it to exceed water flow rate regulations set by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

According to Department of Public Works Superintendent Carl Ivarson, the March-April flooding and September floods in 2011 were both designated disasters by state and federal authorities. But while the DEC has made adjustments in the plantís mandated flow rates to accommodate for Septemberís storms, similar adjustments were not made for March and Aprilís flooding, forcing the plant to justify exceeding its flow rate last spring to the DEC, explained Ivarson.

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