Expert: Sump pumps causing city sewer overflows

RICK CHAPUT, OPERATOR of the city sewer treatment plant, stands in what he calls “the lowest spot in Vergennes,” two stories below ground in the Macdonough Drive pump station. He is next to older equipment that no longer works, and to his left the 10-inch cast-iron main that runs under Otter Creek to the treatment plant. Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy

It looks like city property owners will have to do more than pay for a bond to help fund what might be a $25 million upgrade to the aging Vergennes sewer treatment plant and a collection system.

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