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1 Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

2 Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Draft General Permit for the Discharge of Low Flow Water Treatment Wastewater June 18, 2013 Jim Creighton, DEEP CEHA 2013 Drinking Water Workshop CT DOT

3 Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection History First efforts began in 1993 with meeting between DPH and DEP staff to address issue of failing distribution boxes and leach fields First drafts allowed some insignificant discharges to subsurface sewage disposal system based on flow and contaminant concentration. Other discharges to be directed to dedicated disposal system.

4 Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection History—Section X of Tech Standards …Discharge of wastewater from water treatment systems (i.e., water softeners, iron or manganese removal filters) to surface water, sanitary sewer system, subsurface sewage disposal system or to the ground surface are prohibited unless otherwise authorized by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), or unless the Commissioner of Public Health authorizes the discharge to subsurface sewage disposal systems after a finding is made that it is incidental wastewater….

5 Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection History First drafts required registration and fee in some cases Drafts until recently used “point of entry water treatment wastewater” to characterize wastewater Renewed efforts to finalize permit in 2012 led to change in term to “low flow water treatment wastewater”

6 Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection History Recent major change was inclusion of small public water supplies at request of DPH

7 Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection LFWTW Definition “Low Flow Water Treatment Wastewater” or “LFWTW” …means a maximum of 500 gallons per day of wastewater generated from the treatment of a private water supply system or a public water system, but does not include discharges from treatment system components for the removal of radionuclides.

8 Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection The Draft LFWTW GP No registration or fee necessary Discharge allowed: – (1) to a POTW, or – (2) to groundwater on site by means of a water treatment wastewater disposal system.

9 Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection WTW Disposal System “Water Treatment Wastewater Disposal System,” means a subsurface disposal system, other than a subsurface sewage disposal system, consisting of a solid, non-perforated conveyance pipe and possible enclosed settling structure followed by a water treatment wastewater dispersal structure.

10 Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection WTW Dispersal Structure “Water Treatment Wastewater Dispersal Structure” means a structure, excavation or other facility designed to direct low flow water treatment wastewater to percolate into the underlying soil. Water treatment wastewater dispersal structures include but are not limited to stone filled excavations, leaching trenches, plastic leaching chambers, leaching galleries, leaching pits, etc.

11 Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Operating Conditions No discharge to open floor drain, trench sump, etc. No discharge to any water course Activated carbon backwash and VOC treatments must discharge to POTW No discharge of wastewater shall contain arsenic or other substances in concentrations greater than any MCL (excluding chlorides). Such prohibition shall not apply to naturally occurring substances originating in the source water, excluding arsenic.

12 Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Vertical Separating Distances 24 inches between bottom of dispersal structure and bedrock 12 inches between bottom of dispersal structure and seasonal high groundwater level

13 Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Horizontal separating distances Item Separating Distance (feet) Public or private water supply well with required withdrawal rate of: < 10 gal. per minute to 50 gal. per minute 150 > 50 gal. per minute 200 Watercourse50 Public Water Supply Reservoir100 Property Line15 Subsurface Sewage Disposal System10

14 Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Variance to Horizontal Sep. Distances “The local Director of Health may allow shorter separating distances (consistent with Connecticut Department of Public Health requirements) for private water supply wells, watercourses, and property lines and only in the event that current lot size or configuration prevents compliance with Table 4.1. This variance may only be granted on existing developed properties and not for new construction. The distance to a private well shall not be reduced to less than 25 feet.”

15 Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Record Keeping and Reporting Within 30 days of installation, installation report submitted to the local health department. If public water system, same report also submitted to DPH Drinking Water Section.

16 Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Report Requirements 1)Name of the installer 2)Site location of the discharge 3)An as-built drawing showing the description and location …At a minimum, the drawing shall include: A.written description of the water treatment wastewater dispersal structure installed including dimensions and storage volume; B.separating distances to water supply wells, public water supply reservoirs, subsurface sewage disposal system(s), watercourses, property lines, and buildings;

17 Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Report Requirements C.horizontal distances from at least two fixed objects (i.e. survey monument, building foundation, etc.) to each system component; D.vertical distances from original grade to the underlying bedrock surface and seasonal high groundwater level; E.vertical distance from original grade to the bottom of the water treatment wastewater dispersal structure;

18 Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Public Notice and Info Meeting Public Notice of Tentative Determination in CT newspapers and on DEEP website 6/19/ day comment period Informational Meeting: Tuesday, July 2, :00 am Phoenix Auditorium at DEEP 79 Elm St, Hartford

19 Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Questions? Jim Creighton Environmental Analyst, WPED, BMMCA


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