Commissioners from Connecticut’s Departments of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Developmental Services (DDS) and Construction Services (DCS) on Tuesday celebrated the benefits of a modern state-of-the-art wastewater treatment system at Southbury Training School, Southbury.
The new system, which came online this past June, includes a pump station at the training school that sends all wastewater to Heritage Village Water Pollution Control Facility. This allowed the aging treatment plant at training school to be shut down and demolished.
At a ceremony today at the school, Commissioners at each agency spoke to the benefits of this new system.
DEEP Commissioner Daniel C. Esty said, “The new pump station is a win-win situation for environmental protection and for the cost-effective operation at Southbury Training School. The new pump station sends all wastewater discharge from the Training School to Heritage Village eliminating all impacts on nearby Transylvania Brook and staff at Southbury Training School can now focus their full attention, resources, and expertise to meet the needs of residents and their families.”
DDS Commissioner Terrence W. Macy, Ph.D. said, “We are very pleased to have been part of this cooperative effort between three state agencies. Our campus and the Southbury community and the greater environment all benefit from the partnership.”
DAS Deputy Commissioner Bud Salemi said, “The Department of Administrative Services Division of Construction Services is pleased to be here for this ceremony. This Project maintained about 35 construction jobs during the 2 year project. I’d like to acknowledge the key players in this project including the engineering company and Contract Administrator, AECOM of Rocky Hill and Contractor C.H. Nickerson & Company of Torrington, CT, along with the team of Division of Construction Services employees who worked long hours to see this project to completion.”
Background on Wastewater Treatment at Southbury Training School
The Department of Developmental Services operated a wastewater treatment facility at the Southbury Training School in Southbury for many years that was going to require significant upgrading.
In 2005, an engineering evaluation concluded that the most cost-effective alternative for the future of wastewater treatment at Southbury Training School was to: abandon the existing treatment facility; construct a pumping station for the conveyance of flows to the nearby Heritage Village Water Pollution Control Facility; which discharges to the Pomperaug River; and to upgrade that plant to accommodate the Southbury Training School flows and meet current permit requirements. Construction began in 2011.
As of June 2013, the discharge from the Southbury Training School to Transylvania Brook was eliminated and all flows are now conveyed to the Heritage Village Water Pollution Control Facility for treatment and discharge. The Southbury Training School facility has been demolished. These changes will improve water quality in Transylvania Brook and could result in it being removed from the list of impaired waterbodies in the state.
The following agencies participated: DEEP- WPLR (Planning and Standards Division) and Bureau of Financial Support Services, Department of Developmental Services - Southbury Training School and Hartford- Engineering, Department of Construction Services- Bureau of State Facilities Design & Construction, the Office of the Attorney General, PURA (formally DPUC), Office of Consumer Counsel, Office of Policy and Management and the Office of the Treasurer.