Select Board, August 28, 2017 Wastewater Facility Upgrade

Wastewater/Sewer Department
The Bennington Wastewater Department put its first Primary Wastewater Treatment Facility on line in the 1962. This level of treatment was a simple settling process with an Anaerobic Digestion of collected sludge. The Sludge was eventually drained, freeze-dried and transported to a landfill. This treatment process survived until 1984 when the treatment facility underwent a major upgrade.

The facility upgraded its process to a Secondary-Tertiary treatment process with sludge dewatering in 1992 and eventually a state of the art composting facility in 2000. The Bennington Wastewater Treatment Facility receives wastewater from Bennington, North Bennington and Shaftsbury. The six-man crew maintains approximately 67 miles of sanitary sewer mains, four pump stations and 1,300 sewer manholes. They are also responsible for maintaining the 5.1 million gallon per day Wastewater Treatment Facility itself. The operators and the facility have been recognized for their efforts with numerous State of Vermont and New England Water Pollution Control awards for their outstanding efforts. The Treatment Facility, now approaching  30 years old, is scheduled for a $9.85 million upgrade.  The Town’s engineers, Aldrich and Elliott, made a presentation of the planned upgrade at the August 28th Select Board meeting (see related link below).  A bond vote asking the community to support the project is scheduled for October 10, 2017.  This is a most important project in that it will maintain the quality of the Walloomsac River, a wonderful fishery.

If you have questions regarding your sewer service, billings, permits for repairs, allocations for home additions or new businesses please contact the Sewer Department at the Town Offices at 802-447-9719.

On-site Location:
Wastewater Treatment Plant
Harrington Road
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; No Weekend Hours

Related Links: Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrade presentation