U.S. V. Puerto Rico Aqueduct & Sewer Auth.

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PRASA Final Clarifiers. In final clarifiers light solids are allowed to float and heavy solids are allowed to settle. Surface skimmings and the bottom sludge are removed and pumped to the aerated sludge lagoon.In 2007, the  Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA), a public corporation of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, pleaded guilty to a 15-count indictment charging Clean Water Act (CWA) violations based upon a 25-year history of inadequately maintaining and operating the island's wastewater and water treatment systems, and violating its CWA National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit at the nine largest publicly-owned treatment works on the island.  Additional violations involved illegal discharges from the five water treatment plants that supply drinking water to the largest portion of the local population.  PRASA was sentenced to a five year term of probation, a $9 million fine, and committed to make $119 million in facility upgrades and repairs.

 

 

In the News

 

June 22, 2006
Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority Indicted for Environmental Crimes; Will Pay $10 Million in Criminal and Civil Fines and Spend $1.7 Billion Improving Wastewater Treatment
WASHINGTON - The Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) entered into an agreement to plead guilty to an indictment charging 15 felony counts of violating the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) through the illegal discharge of pollutants from nine sanitary wastewater treatment plants and five drinking water treatment plants, the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.

 

Updated June 9, 2015

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