But the situation is worse than just dilly-dallying on solving a problem. Per a 3/20/1997 letter from DEC to the Town planner:
The connection of yet another 141 dwelling units (Applewood) to the wastewater system tributary to the Oneida County Sewer District's Sauquoit Creek Pumping Station will continue to compound the severity of the wet weather flow condition at the station.Translation: Government knew it was permitting an increase in the amount of sanitary waste being dumped into the river when it allowed new developments to connect to the system.
Why were the new connections allowed when it was known that the system could not properly handle the additional waste?
Answer that question and you will know who is responsible for our sewer mess and who should pay to fix it.