Old Lyme plans update on wastewater management study

Old Lyme - Town officials and engineering firm representatives will update residents on the progress of the town's wastewater management study at 7:30 tonight at Town Hall.

The town is weighing options for community wastewater treatment in conjunction with the engineering firm Woodard and Curran.

In April, residents had approved $185,000 in funding for the study, which except for the $18,000 application fee, is eligible for 55 percent reimbursement from the federal Clean Water Act through the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder said she will review the steps leading up to the study and being taken now at tonight's informational meeting.

Representatives from Woodard and Curran will discuss the testing they have conducted so far as part of the study. The study's results are not yet ready, but residents will have an opportunity to ask questions at the meeting, said Reemsnyder.

The town had adopted a "sewer avoidance" policy in the 1990s, and the study will consider all wastewater treatment options.

Old Lyme Shores Beach Association and Old Colony Beach Club Association have environmental studies, conducted at their request, that show pollution stemming from their individual on-site septic systems. DEEP had ordered the two communities to connect to sewers by 2016. Another beach association, Point O'Woods, has already connected to sewers.

- Kimberly Drelich


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