For Immediate Release - April 03, 2014

Auburn-based Wastewater Treatment System Operator Penalized $5,678 for Violating Water Pollution Control Requirements at Acton Location

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has assessed a $5,678 penalty to Whitewater, Inc. of Auburn to resolve violations of the Water Pollution Control permitting requirements that occurred at the North Acton Treatment Corporation's wastewater treatment operation in Acton. Whitewater is contracted by North Acton Treatment Corporation (NATC) to operate its sewage treatment facility.

MassDEP personnel inspected a pump station at the facility in response to a call by Whitewater to report a sanitary sewer overflow (SSO). The inspection determined that a malfunction at the pump station had allowed sewage to overflow into an adjacent brook, and that the pump station had an inadequate alarm system.  

Under the terms of a consent order, Whitewater has agreed to inspect all pump stations at wastewater facilities that it operates and report any deficiencies to the pump station owner and MassDEP for corrective action. The company has also agreed to develop and submit to MassDEP for review and approval, a standard operating procedure for inspection of all pump stations, which includes a log sheet and checklist for their inspectors.

"Ensuring the proper operation of  wastewater treatment facilities and their associated pump stations is essential for maintaining clean surface waters in the Commonwealth," said Lee Dillard Adams, director of MassDEP's Central Regional Office in Worcester. "Companies that operate wastewater treatment facilities assume obligations and responsibilities that are critical to protection of the public health and environment."

MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.

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