Point of Woods CT Sewage
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Water Pollution Control Authority Annual Report 2021

The past year presented the WPCA Board with many challenges that had not been previously addressed. Our sewer system has been in operation for eleven years. We are now realizing more costs needed to maintain and monitor the system. In 2020, the central station required two new main pumps. There was one new pump in storage. A second pump was purchased and we were able to rebuild one of the old pumps. That unit is now stored as a backup. In addition, we have implemented a bi-weekly monitoring system to review pump efficiency which helps with preventative maintenance charting.

The required use of Bioxide to mitigate high levels of Hydrogen Sulfide (HS2)* gas generated by sewage waste, continues to present increasing costs to the WPCA. At the inception of our sewer project, Hydrogen Sulfur issues were unknown. It turns out that elevated Hydrogen Sulfide levels of over 80ppm can be fatal to anyone working in a manhole and are also corrosive to concrete sewer lines which are used by both East Lyme and Waterford. Six years ago, it was brought to our attention by East Lyme that our sewage was causing issues with both the East Lyme & Waterford sewage systems. Bioxide would be needed to reduce the amount of Hydrogen Sulfide gas to safely transport our sewage over the one and a half miles to the East Lyme hook up on Rt156.

For the last four years, we have manually administered the Bioxide feed by charting and increasing amounts added during peak periods of sewage flow. However, there are too many variables to be successful. In December 2020, a conversation with East Lyme’s Water & Sewer manager made it clear that unless we stopped the Hydrogen Sulfide*(HS2) spikes which are graphed and recorded, there would be legal action taken against us. Point O' Woods WPCA would be held libel for any damage done to their system because of the spikes.

In order to comply with the East Lyme Hydrogen Sulfide regulations, a special meeting of the WPCA board was called in December 2020. The Board voted to implement the Versadose computer monitoring system to manage Bioxide application to our sewage. East Lyme has been using the Versadose computer monitored system. The system should be installed by the end of May 2021. The system’s monthly monitoring cost, accounts for 75% or $30 of the increase in the annual maintenance fee from $385 to $425. In addition, East Lyme’s fees for waste disposal have increased 3 % this year. Disposal costs constitute the largest percentage of our budget.

As mentioned in the last annual letter, the bleed valves along Rt 156 to East Lyme needed to be replaced. We purchased and installed stainless steel valves as their life expectancy is better than the ones that were originally installed. We have created a maintenance schedule to flush the valves in hopes of prolonging their life expectancy. We have also added an annual maintenance plan for our back up generators at all 3 pump stations.

In the summer of 2020, there was 1 grinder pump that required replacement and the expense was the property owner’s responsibility. The cost to replace a grinder pump exceeds $2100. The main reason for grinder pump failures are caused by not adhering to the DO NOT FLUSH memo. Please remind family, friends, and renters to abide by the DO NOT FLUSH memo. (Please see attached.) Whether your home is gravity fed or uses a grinder pump, remember that our privately owned sewer system was designed to handle grey water* and human waste only. Adherence to the DNF memo helps keep our expenses down.

Also, if you have plans for any renovations or tear downs that involve cutting your sewage lines, please contact a WPCA board member to insure you are in compliance with the rules & regulations of the WPCA. Failure to do so could adversely affect our system. Certain precautions should be taken during construction. For more information, please visit our website.

I’d like to thank the WPCA Board members, Dick Hrinak, Bud Phelps, Ken Russell, Will Szestakow & Bill Griffin, treasurer, Helen Francis and secretary, Bill Pape for their dedication in attending meetings and handling assignments. We would like to thank our part time technician, Rick Frascarelli for his dedication in handling WPCA issues at all times of the day.

As you have probably heard by now, WPCA treasurer and longtime POW resident, Rita Sulick passed away unexpectedly soon after her retirement from the WPCA last July. Rita had been with the WPCA since its inception. Her knowledge and friendship are missed on our committee. Rita's enthusiastic and generous contributions to the entire POW community will always be fondly remembered and appreciated.

I am hopeful that we will be able to enjoy a healthy and relaxing summer at our special beach community.

Thank you,

Rich Ramondetta
Point O' Woods

*Hydrogen Sulfide
Hydrogen sulfide is a colorless, flammable, extremely hazardous gas with a “rotten egg” smell.

*Grey Water
Greywater is gently used water from your bathroom sinks, showers, tubs, and washing machines.

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