The Environmental Protection Agency is requiring the city of Manchester to alert residents when it discharges raw sewage into the Merrimack River. The change is part of a large agreement Manchester is finalizing this year with the EPA to ensure the city's wastewater and stormwater systems comply with the 1994 Clean Water Act. By September, the Department of Public Works plans to publish on its website every time its system discharges stormwater and wastewater into the Merrimack. The discharge - called a "combined sewage overflow" or CSO - occurs after heavy rainfall. In 2018, there were 177 CSO events, which put a total of 364 million gallons of dirty water - including untreated sewage - into the Merrimack River. Under the new agreement with the...
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As Part Of EPA Agreement, Manchester To Alert Residents When Sewage Discharged Into Merrimack River