Victoria’s sewer fine cut in half

Published 11:29 am Thursday, June 18, 2020

Getting your Trinity Audio player ready...

The Town of Victoria has won some concessions from the state following a fine, and a stringent timetable to remedy the town’s wastewater treatment issues was handed down in May from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

The original fine of $4,620 for violations at the wastewater treatment plants has been cut in half to $2,300, Town Manager Rodney Newton reported at the Tuesday, June 9, Town Council meeting. Newton said the town was still in negotiations with Jeff Reynolds of DEQ.

The date for the town to submit a preliminary engineering study and report for the west wastewater treatment plant was moved from July 15 to Sept. 1, 2020. The completion of the plan and schedule for construction of the project was adjusted from Oct. 1, 2020, to Jan. 1, 2021.

The required completion date of the project has been moved back a full year from Dec. 31 of 2021 to Dec. 31 of 2022.

The town is working to fix problems of high levels of copper in the wastewater treatment system. The future wastewater treatment project is expected to cost the town at least $1.5 million.