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.
Members are appointed to 4-year terms and alternates are appointed to 2-year terms.
Sewer User Fee Information (effective 4/1/2021)
Crystal Lake Sewer System: $310
Hockanum Sewer System: $330
Fixed (Min) $140, Variable $190
At its June 16, 2021 meeting, the WPCA made a motion to allow a one-time 20% reduction in the October 1st Sewer Use Fee. Applications were due on September 1, 2021 and are no longer being accepted. 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 rainwater creates infiltration and the water softeners promote the deterioration of the pipes.