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Pittsfield Approves $74 Million Wastewater Upgrades

Begrudgingly, the City Council approved a $74 million upgrade to the wastewater system, which is estimated to more than double sewer bills within the next three years. The city has been under an administrative order form the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to lower the levels of phosphorous and aluminum in the water coming out of the plant. The project proposed by the consultants, Kleinfelder, also called for a nitrogen optimization process as well.

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Pittsfield Votes Down $74 Million Wastewater Upgrades

The City Council rejected a $74 million capital request to renovate the wastewater treatment center in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Shortly before 12:30 a.m. the request from Mayor Linda Tyer to borrow for upgrades to the plant fell one vote short of the supermajority needed. Councilors Christopher Connell, Melissa Mazzeo, Kevin Morandi, and Donna Todd Rivers all voted down the project.

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Vote Delayed On Pittsfield's $74 Million Wastewater Upgrades

The administration is seeking authority to borrow the $74 million in an effort to comply with an EPA administrative order, which calls for significantly decreasing the amount of phosphorus, and aluminum treatment, released into the Housatonic River. The plan developed in consultation with Klienfelder also calls for a nitrogen optimization process.

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Pittsfield Finance Panel Is No on $74M Wastewater Project

The City Council's finance subcommittee is recommending that the city hold off on borrowing $74 million to make major repairs to the wastewater system.

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Pittsfield Council Wants More Details on $74M Wastewater Project

The City Council doesn't want to rush into making a $74 million decision. Mayor Linda Tyer had put forth a petition calling for the borrowing of $74 million for a massive project with the wastewater system. The city is under an administrative order from the Environmental Protection Agency holding the system to higher standards of phosphorus, aluminum treatment, and nitrogen removal. The project has been in design for about a year, coming after years of ultimately losing appeals in federal cou

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$74 Million Wastewater Plant Upgrades Heads to City Council

The mayor is asking for the authority to borrow $74 million for a major upgrade of the city's wastewater treatment center. The expense has been a long time coming, starting with the city seeking to renew its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit in 2005. The Environmental Protection Agency oversees those permits in an effort to keep waterways clean and had issued a permit in 2008 requiring significantly higher standards of phosphorus, aluminum treatment, and nitrogen removal.

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Adams Wastewater Plant Getting Clogged Up With 'Flushables'

So-called flushable wipes are continuing to clog up and damage the town's wastewater treatment plant and cost taxpayers money.

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Adams Transfer Station to Open in November

Tony Mazzucco, a new club member, outlined the extended services the town plans to add to the East Road Recycling Center and said it will make the center more equitable and sustainable.

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Adams Concerned Over Rising Sludge Removal Costs

The town is looking for ways to cut its sludge budget because of rising removal costs. The solids are leftover from the processing at the waste-water treatment plant. Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco told the Selectmen on Wednesday that the town's sludge hauler has increased costs by 20 percent.

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Adams Looking to Privatize Wastewater Treatment Plant

The town is looking to enter into a public-private partnership agreement to operate the wastewater treatment plant. Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco told the Selectmen at its Wednesday workshop meeting that by October he would like to send out an request for proposals soliciting bids from private companies interested in running the plant.

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