Biddeford Question 1
This question asks voters to approve a $10 million General Obligation Bond to complete mandatory separation of the City's storm and sanitary sewer systems.Biddeford’s original sewer system was a one-pipe system, meaning that the same pipe carries storm water and household wastewater from toilets, tubs and sinks. During heavy rains, the single pipe cannot handle the high volume of water and as a result untreated wastewater overflows into water bodies such as the Saco River. The City's Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) program creates a two pipe system: one pipe that carries the household wasterwater to the treatment plant and a separate pipe for carrying stormwater. The City's ongoing CSO work is important to reduce the level and frequency of pollutant discharges into our rivers and streams, reduce basement and yard flooding, and create a safer and cleaner environment. In fact, it is so important that it is required by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. The projects that are set to be funded by this bond are outlined in the City's work agreement with the Maine DEP. This bond will ensure that the City can continue meeting the mandated compliance schedule (avoiding fines and penalties).
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