The Water Pollution Control Division of the Department of Public Works (DPW) provides oversight, management and / or treatment of the various types of "dirty waters" generated within the Town. This includes the regulation and oversight of commercial and industrial wastewaters to protect both the treatment plant and our natural resources.
Wastewater Treatment Plant
The South Hadley Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) is located just over the line in the City of Chicopee. The WWTP is responsible for cleaning and treating Town wastewater to levels specified by both the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MA DEP) and the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Cleaned and treated wastewater is discharged into the Connecticut River, in accordance with a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit. The WWTP completed an extensive upgrade in 2008, which also included 2 of the pump stations. Recent / current projects include a boiler conversion project from oil to gas boilers for 2 buildings at the Plant and the Main Street Pump Station, installation of a new alarm system for the plant and 4 pump stations, and the refurbishing of 2 thickener and 4 aeration tanks.
Reducing storm water pollution
With summer soon upon us, it's important to help try and reduce polluted storm water flows.
Good practices around your home and garden that keep fertilizers from washing off your property are critical. Follow the steps outlined in a flyer below for maintaining a healthy lawn, and learn more about storm water pollution in the video "Soak up The Rain: Rain, Pollutants and Stormwater."
Overall, good practices will help keep down costs associated with water pollution and will get us to fishable and swimmable rivers, streams, lakes and ponds in the Pioneer Valley.