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Danbury officials are waiting to see if the new leaders at the Environmental Protection Administration reduce phosphorus removal mandates. Mayor Mark Boughton says infrastructure improvements still need to be made at the waste water treatment plant because of the state permit Danbury holds.  The upgrades likely won't be as expensive if some of the federal regulations get rolled back. Funding for the rehab work will be put before voters in November.

 

The last renovation of the plant was done in the early nineties.

 

The project requires about $30 million in new spending. Boughton notes that the City is rolling off debt on the sewer fund, so they can handle it without impacting rates.  If the phosphorous mandates aren't changed, that price tag will double or possibly triple.

 

The big funding decision will have to be made in 2018.

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