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Massive tunnel to solve Hartford sewage woes


July, 2017
G. Wilkins
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By 2023, Hartford, Conn. expects not to have to worry about raw sewage in its water supply.

Climate scientists say that major storms are becoming more “frequent and intense,” and when they happen, Hartford’s drain and sewage systems become overwhelmed and overflow directly into Connecticut’s rivers and streams. The water runs into the Connecticut River and the Long Island Sound.

This has prompted what the Hartford Courant describes as the “biggest, most expensive project of its kind in Connecticut history” in the form of a massive 4.1 mile tunnel beneath Hartford. The tunnel is designed to capture and hold polluted water until waste management facilities can treat it properly.

The project, slated to cost $279.4 million, has already begun. Despite the high price, it is only a piece of the $2.4 billion long-term solution to improve Hartford’s wastewater management systems.

  1. Header photo by Mohylek via Wiki Commons.
  2. http://www.courant.com/community/hartford/hc-mdc-tunnel-project-20170629-story.html


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