About the WPCA Board of Commissioners
The Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA) is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the wastewater treatment plant, compost facility, eight pump stations and over 205 miles of sewer lines in accordance with State and Federal standards. The plant discharges 10 million gallons per day of treated effluent to Long Island Sound. Over 95% of the pollutants are removed, generating 5,000 tons of sludge per year which is mixed with the Town's discarded leaves and brush and then composted into a valuable organic soil amendment.
Powers and Duties
- Planning, laying out, acquiring, constructing, reconstructing, equipping, repairing, maintaining, supervising, and managing, and through the Department of Public Works, operating a sewerage system.
- Acquiring by purchase, condemnation, or otherwise, any real property or interest in real property which it shall determine to be necessary for use in connection with such sewerage system.
- Apportioning and assessing the cost of acquiring, constructing or reconstructing any sewerage system or portion thereof upon the lands and gment, shall be especially benefited by the system (whether they abut on such system or not), and upon the owners of such lands and buildings and fix the time when such assessments shall be due and payable and provide that they may be paid in such number of substantially equal annual installments, not exceeding 30, as it shall determine.
- Establishing and intermittently revising just and equitable charges or rates for connection with and use of the sewerage system.