Water Pollution Authority
Emergency phone numbers for grinder pumps:
If you should have a problem with your grinder pump, you should call Glastonbury dispatch at 860-267-9922. They will notify East Hampton Joint Facilities who service the pumps.
Joint Facilities out of East Hampton services the grinder pumps. They will respond to any problems with the grinder pumps.
For alarms during the week (Monday-Friday) between the hours of 7:30am and 3:30pm, call Joint Facilities directly at 860-267-4142 or 267-2536.
For alarms after 3:30pm, call Glastonbury dispatch at 860-267-9922 . They will notify the person on call for Joint Facilities of the problem. Make sure you give the dispatcher your name, address and phone number so that Joint Facilities can contact you back.
Reminder: If there is a power outage your grinder pump does not work.
Cooking or animal grease should NOT be poured down the drain. Grease causes build-up on the floats and hinders operation of the grinder pump. Homeowners will be billed an additional charge for any alarm calls related to excessive grease build-up.
Joint Facilities — 860-267-4142 or 860-257-2536
Glastonbury dispatch at 860-267-9922
Water Pollution Control Authority
Kevin Kelly – Administrator
Information on Repairs and Upgrades to the Hebron Sewer System
In the late 1980’s, the State of Connecticut mandated the Town of Hebron to establish a sewer service district. In response, the Town constructed a public sewer system in the early 1990’s that serves multiple areas including Hebron center, the Amston Lake District, RHAM High School, Hebron Elementary School and along Church Street (Route 85).
The system is administered by the Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA) which consists of five (5) appointed board members. Approximately 17 miles of sewer lines were installed and these are supported by nine (9) pump stations. Sewer lines were installed along the following roads: Route 85 from Route 66 south to Crouch Road, Crouch Road, North Pond Road, Brennan Road, portions of Hope Valley Road, Slicer Drive, portions of Millstream Road, Kinney Road, portions of Wall Street, Main Street (from Loveland Road to the corner of 85/66), John E. Horton Boulevard, Wellswood Road and the streets in the Amston Lake area.
The primary purpose of the system was to address areas of septic failures.
Waste flow from Hebron is metered and flows to the Town of Colchester and ultimately to the East Hampton sewer treatment plant. In addition, Lebanon’s Lake District, flows through Hebron and is billed accordingly.
When initially built, the cost of the system was funded by each residence and business that connected into the system. They were all assessed an initial connection fee and continue to contribute annual user fees that fund the operation of the system. The WPCA operates under its own budget separate from that of the town budget.
A study was done over the last four years to assess the condition of the system and a plan was made to upgrade the system which is over 28 years old. The pump stations are reaching the end of their life expectancy and maintenance costs and sudden equipment failures have increased significantly. The total cost of this upgrade is approximately $ 7.6 million dollars. The project would be bonded by the Town and done in two phases with the first phase of the project costing $3.3 million dollars and beginning in the spring of 2020. The first phase of this project would be upgrading four (4) of the nine (9) pump stations to meet current standards, installing generators for backup power, and rebuilding grinder pumps. The second phase would be scheduled for 2027.
This project will be placed before the voters on the November ballot to obtain their approval for the Town to move forward with this project.
We ask that you please attend the public hearings to obtain information about the project, or any of the WPCA meetings, which are the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm at the Douglas Library to have your questions answered.
WPCA Public Hearing:
Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at 7:15 p.m. Douglas Library of Hebron, 22 Main Street
Board of Finance Public Hearing:
Thursday, August 22, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. Hebron Town Office Building, 15 Gilead Street
Frequently Asked Questions
- How old is the sewer system?
Hebron’s sewer system is approximately 28 years old.
- What is the total cost of the project?
Preliminary estimate of $7.6 million.
- Will the project be done in phases and when?
The project will be done in two phases with the first phase starting in Spring 2020 and the second phase starting in approximately 2027.
- Why is the Town paying for the sewer upgrade and not the users again?
The users paid for the initial infrastructure when the State of Connecticut mandated sewers be installed in Hebron.
- What upgrades are planned for the pump stations for this project?
Upgrades will be comprehensive and include replacement of pumps, valves/valve vaults, piping, instrumentation, electrical panels and control panels. Additionally, new emergency generators will be provided for each pump station. Provisions will be made to protect sensitive equipment on sites that are prone to flooding. Pump stations will be brought up to current building, fire and electrical codes.
- Is there any source of financial assistance for the project (outside of town funds)?
WPCA is investigating potential assistance through the Clean Water Fund program. Currently there is no grant money available for pump station upgrades but this will be revisited in the Fall of 2019 to see if any grant money becomes available.