Pollution Control Committee, a.k.a. Dark Harbor Waste Water Treatment Facility Committee
About Our Work
We are in charge of policy oversight for the Dark Harbor Waste Water Treatment Facility. We make recommendations on maintenance and expansion issues and present these proposals to the board of selectmen who make the final decision regarding any changes to the waste water system.
Committee meetings usually occur twice per year in order to set the sewer rates for the users of the system and formulate the committee’s yearly budget.
The waste water treatment facility, located adjacent to the Pendleton Yacht Yard, has been in operation for almost a quarter century, while the overall waste water piping system has been in place since 1904. Prior to the installation of this piping system over one hundred years ago, sewage that accumulated in the Dark Harbor village seeped into the groundwater and contaminated a large number of wells in the village. This problem was soon solved as the piping system collected waste water from the Dark Harbor village and released it directly into the ocean, largely untreated. In 1980, in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Protection, the village of Dark Harbor set up its own treatment facility and began discharging secondary treated sanitary wastewater into Penobscot bay.