The Danbury City Council has signed off on a legal settlement over alleged dumping of untreated sewage into the Limekiln Brook and Still River.
The City will pay a $100,000 penalty to the United States and has agreed to report all sewage discharges to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
A system-wide program to inspect, clean, and maintain the wastewater collection system must also be developed and implemented. Danbury must also create and enforce a regulatory program to stop restaurant and food establishment discharges of Fats, Oils, and Grease which lead to sewage blockages and spills.
The settlement stems from a complaint filed by the Connecticut Fund for the Environment, Rivers Alliance of Connecticut, and Friends of the Lake. The allegation is that sewage was discharged into Beaver Brook and Padanaram Brook, polluting the waterways with disease-causing bacteria.