Water Pollution Control
The Clinton Water Pollution Control Commission is the Town's designated Water Pollution Control Authority, as provided in Chapter 103, 7-245 et seq. of the Connecticut State Statutes, and is required to implement policies and procedures to protect ground and surface waters of the state. Responsibilities also include the planning, design and oversight of all water pollution control facilities in the Town of Clinton. The Town of Clinton has no public sewer system at this time; the entire town is served by individual on-site septic systems with the exception of a few small community and commercial systems.
The Town of Clinton entered into a Consent Order in 1997 with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), now DEEP, in response to a pollution abatement order WC-3611; previous studies had identified areas of town that could not support on-site septic systems. The Town hired an outside consultant CDM Smith to build on prior documents and prepare a Wastewater Facilities Plan to begin to satisfy the Consent Order.
The current Draft Wastewater Facilities Plan being reviewed by the WPCC includes a mix of on-site (continued use of septic systems) and off-site (local sewer system) solutions. Continued use of septic systems is being proposed as the most cost-effective solution in areas with appropriate lot sizes and soil conditions. Sewers are being proposed in areas of poorly draining soils, high groundwater, and small lots or dense development.
The Water Pollution Control clerk administers the On-site Sewage Disposal System Maintenance Ordinance which requires that all septic systems be cleaned and inspected by a registered septic service company once every five years. A decentralized wastewater management program for on-site septic systems will be developed and presented as part of the Wastewater Facilities Plan.