CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Mayor Richard Kos submitted the City of Chicopee’s Integrated Management Plan to MassDEP and USEPA on Tuesday, that allegedly proposes a solution to its water-related needs and regulatory responsibilities.
The City has spent $208 million to date in infrastructure improvements to reduce its combined sewer overflows to the Connecticut and Chicopee Rivers. The City has reduced the annual CSO volume by 75%. This effort has resulted in a sewer fee increase of almost 400% in the last 20 years.
The City now has to eliminate the remaining CSO volume as well as address the growing capital needs in its sewer system and waste water pump stations and treatment plant, storm drain system, flood damage reduction system, and drinking water system. Improvements are estimated to cost approximately $477 million.
The Integrated Management Plan allegedly prioritizes water-related improvement projects. They are prioritized based on benefit to public health, the environment, and regulatory compliance. The plan is projected to reduce the cost of CSO reductions by $100 million.