An Analysis of Sewage Discharge Reports in New York, USA

18 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2015

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Sridhar Vedachalam

Environmental Policy Innovation Center

Parmeet Singh

Cornell University - New York State Water Resources Institute

Susan Riha

Cornell University

Date Written: June 12, 2015

Abstract

Overflows in the sanitary sewer systems due to factors such as pipe blockages and insufficient capacity are termed sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs). The USEPA estimates that 23,000-75,000 SSOs occur every year nationally in the United States. SSOs are largely monitored by state governments and local municipalities. In 2012, New York enacted the Sewage Pollution Right to Know (SPRtK) Act, which requires public notification of untreated and partially treated sewage discharges. With the passing of this law, New York joined 12 other states that have similar laws. As part of the SPRtk Act requirements, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has made available aggregated sewage discharge reports (SDRs) on the web. In this article, we make use of the SDRs to identify spatial and temporal patterns in sewage discharge incidents. The SDRs are strongly associated with the type of municipality, density and age of the treatment plant.

Keywords: Sanitary Sewer Overflow, Combined Sewer Overflow, sewage, New York, public notification

JEL Classification: Q25, Q28

Suggested Citation

Vedachalam, Sridhar and Singh, Parmeet and Riha, Susan, An Analysis of Sewage Discharge Reports in New York, USA (June 12, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2617845 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2617845

Sridhar Vedachalam (Contact Author)

Environmental Policy Innovation Center

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Parmeet Singh

Cornell University - New York State Water Resources Institute ( email )

1023 Bradfield Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-1901
United States

Susan Riha

Cornell University ( email )

Ithaca, NY 14853
United States

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