Regional and municipal wastewater utilities have until Nov. 10 to apply for a grant to help them meet notification requirements for wastewater discharges.

The Sewage Notification Assistance Grant Program helps regional and municipal wastewater utilities comply with state regulations requiring public notification of discharges of untreated, partially treated, or blended wastewater, including for combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs).

Notification Requirements to Promote Public Awareness of Sewage Pollution (​​314 CMR 16.00) were promulgated in 2022 following the passage of the combined sewer overflow notification bill in 2021.

Grant funding can support new or improved signage at public access points and CSO outfalls, public notification system design and implementation services, consultant and translation services, and the purchase and installation of meters to increase reliability, speed of detection, and flow measurement. Existing and proposed projects are eligible to apply for funding.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, which manages the grant program, anticipates that more than $500,000 could be available in this award round.

Eligibility and application details are available on the grant program’s webpage.

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