The Puerto Rico Aqueduct & Sewer Authority has entered a proposed consent decree, in which it agreed to spend $195 million on improvements to 126 drinking water plants across the island over the next 15 years to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA). It will also upgrade three other drinking water plants to resolve alleged violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act and pay a $1.02 million civil penalty. The authority also agreed to spend $2.5 million to improve the water quality of Lake Toa Vaca, or both that lake and Lake Cidra. The authority agreed to construct 34 treatment systems at facilities that are discharging untreated sludge into waterways and install flow meters and other sensors at all of its facilities. The proposed consent decree, lodged in the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, is subject to a 30-day public comment period and approval by the federal court.
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Puerto Rico sewer authority to settle CWA violations
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