Sewer Treatment Division

The Sewer Treatment Division is responsible for the treatment of wastewater from the Town's sanitary sewer collection system. The Wastewater Plant for the Town of Rockport is rated to treat 800,000 gallons of wastewater each day. There are 11 pump stations that move the waste to the plant on Pleasant Street. The Plant was built in 1976, upgraded in 1985, and then again in 2004. It is a fine bubble extended aeration system that discharges the treated water off the coastline near Bearskin Neck.

Sanitary Sewer Overflows

A Sanitary Sewer Overflow or SSO is any overflow, spill, release, discharge, or diversion of untreated or partially treated wastewater from a sanitary sewer system. The Town of Rockport is a permitted owner of a municipal sewer system and per 314 CMR 16, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection requires public advisory notifications of SSOs within the community when they occur. This page will provide all required public notification information of SSOs that occur in Rockport. When a discharge or overflow occurs, Rockport will send out a public advisory notification. On business days, this website will be updated within 8 hours of the notification. During weekends or holidays, this website will be updated on the next business day. In addition to finding information on this site, you may subscribe to receive public advisory notifications by email or text message using CodeRED.

  • Current SSO Status: The SSO at Dock Square Pump Station, Rockport, MA which began at 2 pm on January 26th, 2023 stopped at 8:30 pm on January 26th, 2023. The SSO at Dock Square Pump Station reinitiated at 10:45 am and was stopped at 1:30 pm.
  • Beaches Closed as a result of SSO's: None

For more information about beach closures, check out the Board of Health page.

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