Wastewater Treatment Facilities
Nineteen 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, and 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.
OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE
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