Town of Rockland Public Advisory Notification
When a discharge or overflow occurs, Rockland Sewer Department sends out a public advisory notification. On business days, this website will be updated within 12 hours of the notification. During weekends or holidays, this website will be updated on the next business day.
You can also see a list of discharge and overflow events on the MassDEP website . This list is updated within 24 hours of when the public advisory notification is sent.
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Due to the abnormally high rainfall this month (5” as of Wednesday afternoon, January 25, 2023) we are experiencing high flows at the wastewater treatment plant.
THERE IS NO RISK TO HOMEOWNERS.
Our system is designed to treat and process 2.5 million gallons per day (MGD). In cases such as this, we can, and have treated up to 6 MGD.
Excess water above the 6 MGD capacity of our holding tanks is processed and chlorinated before being discharged into our receiving water shed, Frenches Stream. Frenches Stream flows into Forge Pond. Again, the discharge is chlorinated water, with no solids.
This matter relates in part to our aging infrastructure and the inflow and infiltration of our pipelines. We are currently addressing that situation.
By regulation, we must notify MADEP, the EPA and the residents any time that we have an overflow situation. This current situation should be resolved within a day or so.
Thank you for your patience.
Rockland Sewer Commission
Sewer Department Oversight
The Sewer Department is managed by the elected Board of Sewer Commissioners per the Town Charter as follows:
§ C-2.09. Board of Sewer Commissioners
A. There shall be a Board of Sewer Commissioners, consisting of three (3) members, each elected for a three (3) year term, who shall choose a chairman and shall act by majority vote.
B. The Board of Sewer Commissioners shall have all of the powers and duties conferred upon it by this Charter, the Town By-laws, votes of Town Meetings, and the General Laws of the Commonwealth.
C. The Board of Sewer Commissioners shall also be known as the Drainage Committee and shall have all the powers and duties conferred upon it by this charter, the town by-laws, votes of town meetings, and the General Laws. [Added by c. 134, Acts of 1997]
Use the Trash - Not the Toilet
While labels might say “flushable" disposable wipes and other products are clogging our sewer lines and damaging pumps and other equipment. Not only are these problems expensive to fix, they can also cause raw sewage overflows into homes, businesses and local waterways. So, think trash, not toilets!
These items belong in the trash can:
- Cleaning wipes
- Disposable diapers, nursing pads & baby wipes
- Facial wipes
- Tampons and pads
Thanks for your help!
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
Sewer System Evaluation Study (SSES)
Wright Pierce Study
- Wright Pierce CWMP Presentation 1-26-2023
- Wright Pierce CWMP Phase 1 Presentation 1-26-2023
- CWMP (comprehensive wastewater treatment plan) Phase 1
- Wright Pierce Study Narrative
- Comprehensive Wastewater Treatment Plan - Selectman Meeting June 15, 2021
- Comprehensive WWTP Evaluation - Report - April 28, 2021