What is the Consent Order?

The consent order is a special order issued to the City of Salem by DEQ. It lists known issues, such as sanitary sewer overflows, that have or may have potentially caused the prohibited discharge of sewage into State waters. The Consent Order allows Salem to continue operating its sanitary sewer system but requires us to continually make improvements to prevent future issues. As a result, Salem follows a Corrective Action Plan aimed at eliminating sanitary sewer overflows through maintenance, repair, and upgrades to the sanitary sewer system. Many of these corrective actions are aimed at reducing inflow and infiltration (I and I).

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1. What is the Consent Order?
2. How does the Consent Order affect me?
3. What is the Salem Water Department doing?