WPCA / Sewer Department

Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA)

HISTORY - In 1964 Whitman & Howard, an Engineering and Architectural Firm, was hired by the newly established Sewer Commission to design a complete sewerage system for the Town of Trumbull. The study was necessary; as sanitary sewers did not exist within the town. All sewage was disposed by individual means such as septic tanks and leaching fields. Due to growing population densities in some areas and poor soil conditions in others the town was experiencing many difficulties with failing individual systems.

In 1967 a master plan for a town-wide sewer system was completed. The first construction was completed in 1973 and provided sanitary sewer service to neighborhoods in the Main Street, Church Hill Road/White Plains Road sections with extensions that enabled sewers to service all of our commercial and industrial zones.

SEWAGE DISPOSAL – Trumbull does not have a sewage treatment plant. In 1967 it was determined that Trumbull would discharge their sewage to Bridgeport. There are two watercourses in Trumbull that had been considered by the State Department of Water Resources, the Pequonnock River and Horse Tavern Brook. Horse Tavern is too small to accept sewage from a community the size of Trumbull and the Pequonnock River, while being a much larger stream, is used for recreational purposes downstream within the City of Bridgeport. This negated the possibility of using the Pequonnock to dispose of treated sewage from Trumbull. Bridgeport had an extensive sewerage system with available capacity to accept sewerage from Trumbull. This “regional” hook-up between Trumbull and Bridgeport was thought to be advantageous to both communities.

TODAY – The name of the Sewer Commission was officially changed to the Water Pollution Control Authority in 1999. The Authority is self-funded and employs an Assistant WPCA Administrator and two full-time maintenance personnel. There are approximately 180 miles of sewers in Trumbull and the vast majority is constructed using the recommended minimum 8-inch diameter.

Topography is a prime consideration with the system’s design. It is to the advantage of the Town to have gravity flow within the system wherever possible. Gravity flow is much less costly and troublesome. However, complete gravity flow is not possible or economically feasible. For this reason, 13 pump stations are used in Town. Approximately 10,000 homes and businesses are connected.

Contract IV North Nichols Assessments: 

Listing files in 'WPCA/Sewers'

Contact Information

Town Hall
5866 Main Street
Trumbull, CT 06611

Phone: (203) 452-5048

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Closed for Legal Holidays

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