SOUTHINGTON, Conn. — Municipalities in Connecticut including Southington, Wallingford and Meriden may be able to avoid expensive changes — for now — to the facilities that handle their discharged water, according to the Record-Journal.

After negotiating with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the municipalities may be able to put off an average of $56 million in changes.

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Phosphorus limits in water released from wastewater treatment plants are being reduced to 0.2 parts phosphorus per million by the state, noted the article.

Southington Town Councilor Lou Martocchio said they are nearing an agreement that would provide a five year permit from the DEEP allowing for phosphorus limits to remain at 0.7 parts per million.

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Martocchio said that the municipalities could save millions of dollars, stated the article.

“Six months ago, I thought this would never happen,” Martocchio said.

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