Water Pollution Control Authority


Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA) is a 5-member board comprised of volunteer members. Members are appointed to 4-year terms. They are responsible for the administration and maintenance of the Hockanum Sewer System, the Crystal Lake Sewer System and providing direction for the future of the sewer service areas.

The Tax Collector maintains the sewage fees collection system. Timothy Webb is the WPCA Administrator and oversees the Water Pollution Control operation. He may be reached at 860-870-3140. The WPCA is maintained by a Crew Chief and Maintainer II through the Public Works Department. 

Sewer User Fee Information (effective 4/1/2020)

Crystal Lake System: $300
Hockanum Sewer System: $310
Seasonal: $220
Fixed Min. $120, Variable $190

Click here 
for the letter detailing the changes affecting those who utilize the Hockanum Sewer System. 

What do your fees pay for? The Town of Ellington does not have a treatment plant. The effluent is sent to either the Town of Vernon or the Town of Stafford at a per-gallon rate. The fees paid by the users go to fund the maintenance of Ellington's 7 pump stations and 112 grinder pumps at Crystal Lake. The WPCA is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergencies.

The Town asks residents NOT to pipe their sump pumps or water softeners into the sewer system. By doing so, a property owner is increasing the flow which in turn increases the cost that the sewer community is responsible for.
The rain water creates infiltration and the water softeners promote the deterioration of the pipes.

Upcoming Projects

  • High Ridge Road sewer line replacement
  • Stein Road sewer extension
  • I & I Study
  • Flow Allocation Study
  • Review of Pump Stations for improvement
The Town of Vernon has begun their treatment plant upgrade; the project is moving along. The Town of Ellington's share is 20%, approximately $12 million, based on the amount of flow allocated from Vernon to Ellington. 

Meeting Schedule, Agendas and Minutes and Membership

The WPCA meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Public Works Office, 21 Main Street.

Related Documents

  1. Water Pollution Control Authority

    Physical Address
    21 Main Street
    Ellington, CT 06029

    Mailing Address
    P.O. Box 187
    Ellington, CT 06029

    Phone: 860-870-3140
    Emergency: 860-870-3145

  2. Timothy Webb

    WPCA Administrator

  3. Lori Smith

    Administrative Assistant