RUTLAND, Vt. (WCAX) Millions of gallons of untreated stormwater overflowed again into the Otter Creek this weekend. The city says heavy rains caused a combined sewer overflow from all locations on the East and Otter creeks. The city says all told, it was 3.4 million gallons of untreated stormwater, 100,000 gallons of which was raw sewage. The city says all that was from two and a half inches that fell Saturday morning, overwhelming the sewage treatment plant. “It’s understandable, the public’s reaction to these announcements. I understand, but in the context of saying this, let’s just go back 50 years and take a look at what it was then. At that point, there was no treatment,” Rutland Public Works Commissioner Jeffrey Wennberg said. Wennberg says Rutland goes above and beyond what the state requires for reporting. It would cost tens of millions of dollars and years to fix the problem completely.
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