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Municipal Sanitary Sewer

University activities/operations that discharge to a POTW (Publicly Owned Treatment Works).  All treatment plants must operate in compliance with a SPDES permit issued by the NYS DEC and meet federal requirements.  In general, Cornell’s discharges to the sanitary sewer system cannot cause a violation to the POTW’s SPDES discharge permit or pose any risk to the sewer system, the plant infrastructure or its workers.