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Minutes of Water Pollution Control Commission, 11/21/2018

AGENDA: Water Pollution Control Commission

RECEIVED 11/27/2018 9:54am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

NOVEMBER 21, 2018

Rich Regan, Chair
Dave Pattee
Amy Atamian
Jim Miller
Rich Regan
Kirby Klump

Eugene Burke and Carlos Paiva; Flori Osorio of 7 Main Street

Chair Regan called the meeting to order at 7:30PM in the Hearing Room of the Town Hall Building.


The Board asked for amendments to the minutes from October 17, 2018.

Chair Regan asked for the names John Oatley and Carlos Paiva to be added to the present section on page 1.

Mr. Pattee asked for his name to be corrected on the first motion on page 1.

Mr. Miller asked for the sentence on page 2, “SCADA for the panels has been built and is ready to be tested,” to be changed to, “Panels for the modernization project have been built and are ready to be tested. SCADA instrumentation is installed and is ready to be tested.”

Chair Regan asked for the sentence on page 2, “The Virtual Private Network currently installed is Decian”, to be changed to, “The Virtual Private Network currently in place was installed by Decian.”

Ms. Atamian asked for the sentence on page 2, “Chair Regan asked Veolia what they are most concerned about with the plant shutdown” to be given an answer. Chair Regan stated that the following sentence works as an answer.

Mr. Miller asked for the sentence on page 2, “Ms. Atamian asked about the Harmonic Diffuser” to have an additional sentence added after it. This sentence states, “The Board has two bids for harmonic distortion corrections.”

Chair Regan asked Mr. Miller about his statement concerning the 140 lines of code. The Board decided the paragraph should be edited like this: “Mr. Miller asked about the 140 lines of Code. John Oatley said the difference between Layne’s code and NIC’s code was 140 lines of code NIC added to Layne’s Program with Layne’s permission.”

Chair Regan asked for the sentence on page 3, “The Board suggested an allocation 750 gallons per day”, to be changed to, “The Board suggested an allocation of 750 gallons per day.”

Chair Regan asked for the motion on page 3, “Chair Regan made a motion to change the daily flow allocation to 12 Old Mill Road to 750 gallons per day and to be reviewed in one year’s time (10/17/2018),” to be changed to, “Chair Regan made a motion to change the daily flow allocation for 12 Old Mill Road to 750 gallons per day and to be reviewed in one year’s time (10/17/2018).”

Mr. Miller asked for the date on page 1, October 17, 2017, to be changed to October 17, 2018.

Mr. Pattee made a motion to approve the minutes of October 17, 2018 as corrected. Chair Regan seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous, and the motion passed.


Eugene Burke and Carlos Paiva informed the WPCC about the plant operation.

Operational and Maintenance:
– Weekly power washing of the on-line primary drum screener.
– Internal wasting totaled 40,493 gallons.
– HI Stone removed 11,904 gallons of waste for off-site disposal.
– UV System is shut down for the remainder of the year.
– PAC system has been shut down for the remainder of the year. RV antifreeze was run through the system to prevent freezing during the winter months. PAC bulk tank is maintained.
– Permeate pump was replaced and is in operation.
– Level two service on the generator was completed. Some rust was noted on the bottom of the generator, and product was applied to protect against further rust.
– Boiler inspection was completed.
– Aquarion Water was on site for an inspection of water flow system throughout the plant. They found one area where a small leak was occurring, but this leak was determined to be non-critical.

Regulatory & Compliance:
– There were no permit violations for Redding in the month of September 2018.
– There were four CBYD’s in the month of October. No mark-outs were required on any of these four CBYD’s.

A representative from the CT DEEP came to the plant for an Inspection. They were pleased with the appearance of the plant and how things were operating.


Mr. Burke said that on Monday, 11/26, the SCADA Upgrade and Plant Shutdown is scheduled. One of the membrane tanks is set-up to be emptied on Sunday, 11/25 so that there will be a buffer for overflow in case anything happens during the shutdown.

Mr. Burke said alterations have been made to the plant to prepare for the shutdown. The wet-well has been brought down to 3 feet. This creates a buffer for any event that may happen. This also eliminates an extra truck that would have to be on standby. The aeration system provides a buffer as well. All of these buffers add up to three days of storage if a catastrophic event were to occur.

Mr. Pattee asked what the next step on Monday, 11/26 after the trucks do their job. Mr. Burke stated that once the trucks do what they need to do, the work on the panels will begin. A truck will be on standby, and the parking lot will be clear for any trucks to turn around. The Town has cleared brush that was inhibiting the full usage of the parking lot.

Chair Regan asked Mr. Burke about zoning regulations. He stated that following zoning regulations makes everything easier for everyone. Mr. Burke said that the drivers understand the noise concerns and that Veolia wants to be a good neighbor.

Mr. Burke said one blower will be operating during this part of the project. He said that the bacteria present in the system are beneficial and should be preserved. He also said that the membranes are going to be covered with water and that air should be applied to the membranes during this time.

Mr. Burke said he will notify the Board when the shutdown will begin. He said the best-case scenario for the plant is that it will be fully operational on Tuesday night (11/27), and the worst-case scenario being Friday (11/30).

Mr. Miller asked if Matt Johnson will be present at the plant during the shutdown. Mr. Burke said he will be present. Mr. Miller followed up by asking if the bacteria will be provided sugar. Mr. Burke answered that if any sugar is needed, a 25lb bag a day will be added. Mr. Paiva answered that they will be monitoring the bacteria to make sure their nutrient needs are being met.

Mr. Burke notified the CT DEEP that there will be a zero-effluent discharge. There was no request for additional testing or information.

Mr. Burke said that the plant had a good season with the PAC. The overall usage was 6.24 gallons per day. Mr. Klump asked what PAC stands for. Mr. Burke stated that PAC means Poly-Aluminum Chloride. It is used to remove phosphorus from effluent. Mr. Burke stated that there is no more PAC in the plant. Mr. Pattee asked how many gallons of PAC are in a typical order. Mr. Burke said a typical order is 1000 gallons. Mr. Burke said that Phosphate levels have been good for the season as well.

Mr. Miller said that he was happy the correlation between in-house and contract lab testing has been included.

Mr. Klump asked about the shut down of the UV system and the PAC system. Mr. Burke answered that the plant is permitted to remove phosphorus and to disinfect the effluent from April 1st to October 31st. From November 1st to March 31st, the plant can turn off the UV system and not apply PAC. The UV system is for disinfection. These actions save money on electricity and chemical supplies. Mr. Paiva stated that the membranes work so well, the UV system is not necessary. The UV system acts as a final disinfection system in addition to the membrane technology.

Mr. Miller expressed his concern about plant compliance with state laws and their permit. He stated that there was an issue in the past with public concern over effluent in the Norwalk River. Mr. Paiva stated that the effluent that reaches the Norwalk River is never “raw sewage”. The least amount of treatment for effluent would be partial-treatment. He said that Veolia Water will always monitor for Fecal Coliform, and if a problem ever presented itself, it will be handled appropriately.

Mr. Burke said that if the Board wants the UV system to always be utilized to avoid any future issues, Veolia Water is happy to comply. Mr. Miller said that he is confident that Veolia Water will handle issues if they come up.

Mr. Paiva suggested that the schools should visit the plant to learn about wastewater treatment. He had a program in Bridgeport that carried this out at a plant. He said that the children would educate their parents on the process of wastewater treatment.

Veolia Water left at 8:21PM.


Mr. Osorio wants to build an apartment at 7 Main Street. The building is where the Redding Brewing Company is coming. He wants to build above the brewery. He wants to create a studio apartment. There is already an apartment upstairs. There will be two bathrooms in total.

The average usage for 7 Main Street in the past year was 144 gallons per day. The allocation for 7 Main Street is 1,250 gallons per day.

Chair Regan made a motion to approve the additional studio apartment at 7 Main Street without changing the allocation of 1,250 gallons per day, subject to review in one year (11/21/2018). Mr. Pattee seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous, and the motion passed.


Mr. Miller stated that four estimates were requested and two were obtained. The Board is compliant with RFP rules.

Hoffman Energy’s quote is $6,060. Edgerton’s quote is $6,789. These quotes include the air vent replacement and the annual maintenance.

Mr. Klump asked the Board if it is required to do maintenance with the same company that does the air vent replacement, or can multiple companies be used. Mr. Miller stated that these quotes were created based on the idea that the company would be doing both items.

Mr. Pattee stated that he thinks the board should pick one vendor for both items. Discussion followed.

Chair Regan made a motion to approve the proposal from Edgerton for the replacement of air vents for $5,699.00, and the proposal for the annual service fee of $1,090.00. Ms. Atamian seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous, and the motion carries.


Meadow Ridge has paid their sewer bills. Due to the sewer bills being paid late, interest has accrued and will be collected in accordance with state statute.

The invoices that were approved at the October 17, 2018 meeting had their checks sent out once funds were available. They are currently uncleared.

Mr. Miller made a motion to authorize Chair Regan to request a transfer from the Town of Redding of $80,000 for the operating budget. Mr. Pattee seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous, and the motion carries.

Ms. Atamian motioned to pay all invoices, subject to the availability of funds, except for Veolia Monthly November and Veolia October Reimbursable. Mr. Klump seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous, and the motion passed.

The invoices to be paid are as follows:
Aquarion Monthly $196.59
Aquarion Annual Backflow Test $275.00
EDF Energy Services $4,551.03
Eversource $2,270.01
Frontier $307.33
Hocon Gas $15.00
Keough’s Hardware $13.48
Veolia Reimbursible – September 2018 $11,274.27
Veolia CBYD – October 2018 $45.00
Veolia Monthly – October 2018 $27,678.05

Mr. Miller asked Zachary Smith to find the wording of the transfer request during the August 15, 2018 WPCC meeting. Mr. Smith found the wording.


Mr. Miller discussed a letter the WPCC’s legal counsel received from Layne Christensen.

Mr. Miller had a conversation with First Selectwoman Pemberton about Layne. He asked her to forward the message to Town Council that the Board wants a settlement.

Mr. Smith asked the Board about a Pullman & Comley invoice. The Board suggested bringing it to First Selectwoman Pemberton and charging it to the WPCC.


There was no public comment.


Mr. Miller motioned to adjourn the meeting. Ms. Atamian seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous, and the motion passed.

The meeting ended at 9:00PM.

Submitted by,
Zachary Smith

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