Increased Waste Water Discharge in Camelot Park

The town is seeking to reroute 1.75 MGD of waste water currently flowing through the harbor outfall to the waste water facility located in Camelot Park. This will increase the current ground discharge from 0.75 MGD to 3.0 MGD.

During the original construction of this facility there was great concern around locating a waste water facility at the headwaters of Eel River (see map below). The full MEPA application can be downloaded here.

We will be reaching out to Doug Pinard, Town of Plymouth Sewer Manager, ( or Neal Price, Horsley Witten Group, Inc. Senior Hydrogeologist ( requesting a meeting to better understand this project and its potential impact on Chiltonville.

4 thoughts on “Increased Waste Water Discharge in Camelot Park”

  1. I am very concerned with this water discharge and would like further information into the real & potential reprecussions to our water supply.

  2. Thanks, Mark. I dug into this on NextDoor. I’ll send you the names of a few more concerned citizens who are keen to know more.

  3. I sat on the committee to advise the selectmen on the sewer plant from the beginning. This committee was one of the best schooled committees Plymouth ever had. We met every two weeks for several years. At every meeting there was representees from the engineering company in charge of the project. They took us slowly through the pros and cons of sewer plants. One of their concerns on water discharge, was what they called mounding.
    When you discharge large amounts of water into the ground, it doesn’t just run freely away. It moves very slowly, causing the water to back up or mound. This mounding acts as a barrier to other water filtering through the ground, causing it to back up. Runoff water from Long Pond Road, Shops at Five, or whatever it’s called, Camelot Park, and the prison are all backed up, looking for the path of least resistance. Which in this case is Warrens Wells Brook. The brook runs directly through the Gilbert Trout Hatchery. The hatchery was engineered to carry the natural flow of water in 1869. Now, during wet spells the volume of water more than doubles, flooding the hatchery. The crystal-clear water now turns black in these events and fish kills are common, and of course the Town of Ply. shrugs their shoulders and says, “Not our problem.” Adding more water to the mounding don’t seem to be a good idea, in my mind. Remember all this dirty water also flows into Eel River.

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