Berlin To Avoid Expansion By Adding Wastewater Plant

BERLIN – Berlin’s elected officials have formally asked Worcester County to add two wastewater plant systems to the books.

Discussions between Troy Purnell’s Berlin Properties North, which owns the Tyson chicken plant site, and the town of Berlin have resulted in an unusual public-private partnership that will forestall expansion of the municipal wastewater plant.

The new plan is a significant departure from the original proposal put forth by Purnell this spring that called for the Berlin municipal wastewater plant to be expanded, but to a lesser extent, while the Crossroads plant would handle 125,000 gallons per day (gpd) in flows from the development.

Now the municipal plant will actually be de-rated to 400,000 gpd to handle only what can be applied to the town’s spray fields. The Tyson site wastewater plant will handle the rest.

“This is a revision. It’s no longer increasing our plant. It’s de-rating our plant and redirecting flows to the Tyson facility,” said Linda Bambary, Berlin’s administrative director.