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Wastewater Facility icon graphicWastewater Treatment Facilities

overhead view of an aeration tank at a POTW in East ProvidenceNineteen major wastewater treatment facilities in Rhode Island purify some 100 million gallons of human and industrial sewage every day. Hundreds of miles of sewer lines – from a few inches to 9 feet in diameter – and hundreds of publicly and privately owned pumping stations add up to a sizable investment in clean water, most of which is the responsibility of Rhode Island's cities and towns. DEM's Wastewater Treatment Facilities Program regulates this infrastructure through two programs:

The Planning & Design program provides reviews and approvals of wastewater facility plans and issues Orders of Approval for design plans and specifications for the construction of wastewater treatment plants and wastewater collection systems to ensure adequate and effective transport and treatment.

The Operation & Maintenance program inspects and monitors wastewater facilities to ensure compliance with permit requirements, approves operation and maintenance manuals, reviews operational failures that result in violations, image of sewer overflowingand provides certification, training and assistance to wastewater personnel. This section is also responsible for issuing approvals for the disposal, utilization, and transportation of wastewater sludge and performing inspections to ensure that the sludge is being managed in the manner approved. A new addition to the O&M program is its coordination with the US EPA on reducing and eliminating sewer overflows from failed or improperly designed sewage collection systems. The DEM's updated Operations and Maintenance regulations are intended to better regulate sewage collection systems.

For more information on Planning & Design contact: Art Zeman, 222-4700 ext. 7251.

For more information on Operation and Maintenance contact: Bill Patenaude, 222-4700 ext. 7264.

For more information on sludge disposal and beneficial reuse, contact: Alex Pinto, 222-4700 ext. 7227.

Wastewater Treatment Facility Construction & Upgrade History

Operations and Maintenance Regulations

Sewage Sludge Regulations (1/4/12)

Wastewater Reuse Guidance

Wastewater Reuse Application

Septage Fee Remittance Form

Wastewater Facilities and Contacts

To Report a Sewage Overflow


Operator Boot Camp Program

NEIWPCC Training Catalogue

WWTFs in the News:

Wastewater Treatment Facility Operators Regulations

Board of Certification of Operators of Wastewater Treatment Facilities

For General Information 222-6800 • After Hours Emergencies 222-3070 • Disclaimer
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