When rain falls in Windsor, stormwater makes its way into the 135 mile town sewer system through cracks in aging sewer pipes, drainage connections from down spouts, basement sump pumps, and yard drains. In addition, Connecticut River flooding inundates the sewer system. While some of Northern Windsor’s wastewater goes to the Poquonock Water Pollution Treatment Facility for treatment, a large portion is combined with flow from five other towns and sent south to the Harford facility. With so many towns contributing additional rainwater to the system, the Harford facility becomes overwhelmed, causing basement backups and discharges of raw sewage to local water bodies and the Connecticut River.
Future improvements include: