Inflow Removal Program

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Partnership

Environmental Partners was built on the core philosophy that a strict focus on client service through partnership creates added value for our clients.

What's New

Inflow Removal Program

Waltham, Massachusetts

Overview

Environmental Partners Group was retained by the City in 2007 to plan, investigate, and design the elements of the private inflow removal program. Rather that roll-out a city-wide program, Environmental Partners Group recommended a measured approach within a demonstration area. The program was based on creating an amnesty for property owners with illicit connections from sump pumps to the City's sanitary sewer system.

The program is based on creating an amnesty program, encouraging property-owners' participation without fear of penalties, and implementation of the program on a demonstration basis in a selected part of the City. The intent of this measured approach is to establish credibility with the community, demonstrate the benefits of compliance with the program (i.e. no-cost to the property owner), and incorporate lessons learned before the program is rolled out to other target areas.

The amnesty program will provide property owners with an opportunity to fix non-compliant sump pump discharges (and other inflow sources that may be connected to the sanitary sewer) at no cost. The City will benefit by removing extraneous flow from its sewer system, and save money on pumping costs and fees paid to the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA). As inflow is removed and the capacity of the sewer system is restored, the City can consider providing sewer service to new developments.

The key elements of the program are as follows:

  • Creation of an Amnesty Program , including Education and Community Awareness, and Revisions to the City's Legal Ordinances
  • Creation of a System-Wide Knowledge Base
  • Initial Pilot-Demonstration Area
  • Development of System-Wide Solutions
  • Permitting
  • Coordination (Technical and Financial) with MADEP
  • Meetings, Presentations and Coordination with the City