Combined Sewage Overflow

On August 19th   during a rain event we dumped 216,837 gallons of untreated sewage and rain water into Clemson Pond. This fetid plume then wends it’s way out to  the Great Bay. It is imperative we  stand up and get this fixed and quit the lame attempts to weasel out of our collective responsibility. I don’t care  at all about the economy juxtaposed against this continuing issue of CSO’s and lousy pipes. We are fouling our environment, wasting  water, and sitting on our hands.

The Exeter CSO report was once front and center on the Town’s web site.

It’s kinda buried these days.

I have inquired  this morning  regarding the hand written notes  on this  document below, specifically the E. coli  colony count. I will post that later if I get an answer from the EPA.

http://town.exeter.nh.us/stormwater/CSO081911.pdf

There was scum on the Squamscott River today, our scum.

100 year old water  pipes on Lincoln Street, it just  blows my mind. What was going on  in this Town prior to my  20 years?

Not much.

This is a 50000 gallon tank, we just sent 4 of these  sewage torpedoes towards the Great Bay.

Again.

Did any of you  read the story concerning Stinky Creek in beautiful Rye, NH? It empties  into the Ocean near Wallis Sands Beach. It’s loaded with  sewage I guess.  In the news article recently in the Portsmouth  Herald, Rye Town officials speak about septic  fields that are  decrepit and leaking.I mean where else do you suppose it’s coming from,  in Rye?

Hmm, whenever I ask about   how whole Towns can be on  septic and who inspects these  septic systems I get funny looks.

The flip answer is always that  if there was an issue with their septic system  the property owner would know about  it.

That’s a bunch of crap.

The fact is  there is no political will to put  the hammer down on the great  mass of people that  are on septic and do not take care  of their systems and or have poorly designed systems.

Everyone is going to pay to fix this  mess, whether you are  hooked to a Community sewerage system   or not. You do  realize that  the waste  that is  occasionally pumped from your  septic tank  has to be  taken to a sewage treatment plant right?

Your choice  is simple, stay and pay, or move out . Be prepared though wherever you go, it’s the same deal all over the USA.

Stand up

Mike

UPDATE 8/26/11 I am in receipt of a note from DES explaining that they are heavily involved in disaster planning  and the staff member that  handles Exeter’s CSO tracking  is out till Monday. She will send me  an answer when she returns.  I have noticed a great number of searches ending up at the Crier concerning Exeter/ E.coli since my CSO post went up. I hope  these searchers realize the E.coli colony count that I am asking for explanation on was in sewage and storm water, not drinking water.

UPDATE: Here is the word from DES 8/30/2011

Per Env-Wq 1703.06 (c) For combined sewer overflows that discharge into

non-tidal waters, a bacteria criteria of 1,000 Escherichia coli per 100

millimeters shall be applied at the end of the combined sewer overflow’s

discharge pipe.

The sample result exceeds Env-Wq 1703.06 (c), but is not atypical of

combined sewer overflow discharges.

As another reference point, per Chapter 485-A:8, Section II., “Class B

waters ….. shall contain not more than either a geometric mean based

on at least 3 samples obtained over a 60-day period of 126 Escherichia

coli per 100 millimeters, or greater than 406 Escherichia coli per 100

millimeters in any one sample…”

Mike

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