Topics: Wastewater treatment

Wastewater Committee Talks Designs, Dollars And Details

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — In a sparsely attended meeting last week, officials fielded lots of questions about the $22.5 million East Harwich sewer system plan. But they’re the first to admit that they don’t yet have all the answers. Having been fully constituted for only around a month, the new wastewater support committee held an informational meeting at town hall last Thursday, and provided a progress update. The town’s w...

Sewer Shovels To Dig In March 5 On Main Street

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS – The downtown sewer construction project will begin March 5 on Main Street at the entrance to Snow Library's parking lot, DPW/Natural Resources Director Tom Daley told selectmen last week. For two days, library patrons will have to park across the street or in the Nauset Regional Middle School lot above the library. Other changes are ahead for businesses in the downtown area. Daley said Police Lt. Kev...

ORLEANS — Another way to apportion the cost of the planned town sewer system is gaining ground. The current phased approach would burden those in the early stages with more of the cost for the treatment plant and disposal site that will eventually be used by all sewer customers. Putting the plant and disposal costs on the tax rate, rather than paying for those facilities in part with individual betterments, cou...

In the years and decades ahead, many Lower Cape residents will see new sewer lines being installed in their neighborhoods, part of efforts to meet state-mandated limits on nutrient pollution. And while they can expect to collectively spend hundreds of millions of dollars to build those systems, they’ll also have to spend several thousand dollars each to connect their homes. To that end, Barnstable County offic...

ORLEANS — Selectmen will invite the finance committee and the Orleans Water Quality Advisory Panel (OWQAP) to their Jan. 10 meeting for the unveiling of a revised financial model for paying the capital costs of a downtown sewer system. That decision came at the end of a discussion Dec. 13 on whether the consensus-building OWQAP process, which brought eight community organizations together as stakeholders for...

Payson Remembered As Detail-driven Water Advocate

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — John Payson, who consistently challenged the town's approach to managing drinking water and wastewater, died last Tuesday after a brief bout with cancer. He was 94 years old, and had been doggedly researching water management issues until just a few weeks before his death, according to his family. Mr. Payson was a regular contributor to the development of the town's comprehensive wastewater managem...

ORLEANS — In recent years, the town has been marching down the field toward its goal of cleaning its waters. At next month's special town meeting, selectmen will ask voters to support grinding out a few more yards now to set up a full-scale attack on the end zone at annual town meeting in May. Some members had higher ambitions for the Oct. 16 meeting, but with four positive votes required to put borrowing qu...

APCC Chief Talks About The Politics Of Water Quality

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In addition to being a former state environmental official and the current executive director for the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, Andrew Gottleib is a four-term Mashpee selectman. And he knows that if constituents don't speak out about an issue, it won't be a priority for his board. That's why in some towns, wastewater planning hasn't really moved the political needle, he said. “In many resp...

ORLEANS — Selectmen planned to hold their clear-the-air work session on water quality projects last night (Aug. 30) with decisions pending on wastewater collection and treatment options and alternative ways in which the system could be designed, built, and operated. And there's more to come: at the board's Aug. 23 meeting, Selectman Mark Mathison said the shellfish and waterways improvement advisory committe...

ORLEANS — The word “decision”appeared three times on the selectmen's Aug. 17 agenda, but the only decision the four voting members could agree on was to hold another meeting to clear the air on the way forward with water quality remediation projects. Colleague David Currier remained sidelined due to a potential conflict of interest if he discusses or votes on the design of a wastewater collection system for ...

ORLEANS — Tonight (Aug. 17) at 7, the board of selectmen and the finance committee will meet for a joint work session on wastewater issues, leading off with a workshop on a multi-variable matrix of options for funding a sewer and treatment system. The boards were to hear as well what sort of assurances bond counsel would require if the town uses state land at Route 6's Exit 12 for the system's primary dispo...

ORLEANS — Necessity was the mother not of invention but decision at last week's selectmen's meeting. Faced with competing interests – a state remake of Main Street's intersections with Routes 6A and 28 and the need eventually to install sewers and connections in the same locations – the board endorsed a gravity flow system for the sites. Members were facing an end-of-July deadline to get those specs to the M...

The four towns on Pleasant Bay – Brewster, Chatham, Harwich, and Orleans – stepped up their commitment to work together to remove excess nitrogen from their waters. A quorum of each community's board of selectmen, meeting at the Cape Cod Commission's OneCape Summit in Hyannis June 22, voted in turn to approve a resolution crafted by the Pleasant Bay Alliance. The resolution endorses a composite picture of the ...

Chatham, Harwich Endorse Wastewater Pact

By: William F. Galvin , Alan Pollock

In a historic agreement, selectmen in Harwich and Chatham this week voted to adopt an intermunicipal agreement for wastewater treatment. The 25-year pact was approved by selectmen in Harwich Monday night, and in Chatham on Tuesday. It will take effect on July 1 or shortly thereafter, and allows Harwich to send 300,000 gallons of wastewater per day from East Harwich for treatment at the Chatham water pollution ...

CHATHAM — With its plan to extend the sewer system to all areas of town, Chatham has set the stage to remove more nitrogen from certain waterways than state regulators require. Under one provision being explored as part of a Pleasant Bay watershed permit, that excess capacity could translate to cold, hard cash. As part of their own plans to remove nitrogen from the bay, Orleans, Harwich and Brewster might be...

ORLEANS — Four oars produce more power than one. That's the argument that the Pleasant Bay Alliance is making to its constituent towns of Brewster, Chatham, Harwich, and Orleans about pulling together to help the state develop a first-time-ever watershed permit for the town. The first step is to make sure the towns are proceeding in sync. To do that, the Alliance spent the last year-plus preparing a Pleasant...