Nov 16, 2013

Penobscot Bay's sewage plants dump 2.4 billion gallons of treated wastewater into the bay every year

What do the people of Rockland, Camden, Belfast, Searsport, Castine, Islesboro and North Haven have in common? Our sewage treatment plants discharge about 6.5 million gallons of treated wastewater into the bay per day, or 2.4 billion gallons per year. 

Operating a sewage treatment plant is both an exacting technological process and a demanding art. Maine DEP monitors the outfall reports from these operations, praising those which stay within their discharge limits and prodding those that don't into bettering their ways. 

Here are  links to each of these towns' most recent DEP wastewater treatment licences and their DEP ID numbers

Note MGD = million gallons per day
3.3 MGD  5.7bypass
 Rockland POTW, City of (PDF) (25 pp, 216K)ME010059511/21/2009

Rockland (Atlantic Ocean)
Rockland POTW, City of (PDF) (84 pp, 229K)ME010059512/21/2007

Rockland POTW, City of (PDF) (13 pp, 102K)ME010059501/31/2008

Camden (Camden Harbor Watershed) 1.21MGDCamden, Town of (PDF)(32 pp, 3MB)ME010013707/18/2003

Belfast (Belfast Harbor) 
1.49 MGD 
Belfast POTW, City of (PDF) (81 pp, 3.2MB)

BelfastMoore’s Septic, Inc. (PDF)(40 pp, 3.2MB)

Searsport  0.20 MGD Searsport, Town of (PDF) (79 pp, 1.4MB)ME010196611/12/2008

(East Pen Bay)   0.0637 MGD
Islesboro, Town of (PDF) (11 pp, 1.8MB)ME010026901/20/2012

Castine Castine POTW, Town of (PDF) (15 pp, 55K)ME010119203/12/2008
0.126 MGD (Castine Harbor)Castine POTW, Town of (PDF) (77 pp, 2.3MB)ME010119212/29/2009

North Haven Drinking H2O filter plant  MGDday (Fresh Pond)North Haven DWTP, Town of (PDF) (34 pp, 1.1MB)ME010248208/02/2012
North Haven Fresh Pond 2,000 GPD (0.002 MGD)North Haven DWTP, Town of (PDF) (22 pp, 1.1MB)ME010248206/15/2007

Vinalhaven(Atlantic Ocean)Vinalhaven POTW, Town of (PDF) (49 pp, 2.1MB)

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