Topics: Wastewater treatment

ORLEANS - Town meeting may be asked to add $12 million to the $47 million it authorized last year to complete the downtown sewer system and build a treatment plant and effluent disposal system. Five bids each were received for the sewer collection system and for the treatment plant and disposal system. Robert B. Our, of Harwich, was apparent low bidder for the sewer collection system and Daniel O'Connell's Son...

Delays In East Harwich Sewer Project Impact Development

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The decision to put off a request for additional funding to complete phase two of the comprehensive wastewater management plan is creating problems for one local developer. Eastward Homes Business Trust of Chatham was issued planning board approval for the eight-lot Bascom Hollow subdivision off Route 39, to the east of the commercial district, in May 2018. Among the conditions imposed by the board o...

HARWICH — The good news is work at the intersection of Routes 137 and 39 is nearly finished. The bad news is that work will continue north on Route 137, necessitating several detours and closures over the coming weeks. Access to the commercial area in East Harwich has been difficult, to say the least, as the town works on installing sewer mains. On Monday officials gathered to work out a traffic control plan f...

Wastewater Puzzle Pieces Fitting Together

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — After half a century of trying to organize the pieces of a town sewer system, the jigsaw puzzle’s outline is set and important parts are being moved into place. Town leaders heard a progress report Feb. 12 along with a reminder of what must be done in the next few months to keep things on track. Vice President Ian Catlow of Tighe & Bond, the town’s owner’s project manager, said AECOM’s design for...

Educating Residents On Wastewater Options

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town has begun what will be a series of informational sessions between now and the spring town meeting to educate residents about changes being made to the comprehensive wastewater management plan. There is the potential for major changes to the plan. Gov. Charlie Baker signed special legislation for the DHY Clean Waters Partnership, allowing Dennis, Harwich and Yarmouth to work together and poss...

APCC: Immediate Action Needed For Water Protection

By: Alan Pollock

More than two-thirds of the Cape’s coastal waterways and more than a third of its freshwater ponds are suffering from poor water quality, according to the “State of the Waters” report recently released by the Association to Preserve Cape Cod. But they acknowledge that Lower Cape towns have made important strides toward reducing nutrient pollution, and that it will take time for that work to start showing results....

Senate Approves DHY Clean Water Partnership

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The State Senate has joined the House of Representatives in passing legislation that could clear the way for a regional wastewater treatment partnership. The special legislation has now been sent to Gov. Charlie Baker for his signature. “The towns of Dennis, Harwich and Yarmouth have worked hard to come up with an important inter-municipal partnership that will reduce excess nitrogen that is pollutin...

Residents Get An Education On Regional Wastewater Partnership

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Educating residents about the costs and benefits of the regional Dennis, Harwich and Yarmouth Clean Waters Partnership will not be an easy task. But members of the subgroup seeking to bring the towns together to process wastewater in one treatment plant began that task last week. Members of the partnership and their consulting engineering firm, CDM Smith, Inc., conducted a public forum last Thursday ...

A Lot Goes Into The Town’s New Treatment Plant

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — The site plan review committee is on board with the final design for the town’s proposed wastewater treatment facility at Overland Way. Plans were approved last week subject to information in the final submittal. Tom Parece, senior program director for town consultant AECOM, said the site plan’s OK was one of “a myriad of permits” needed before the project is submitted for SRF (state revolving fund...

Chatham, Harwich Sewer Work Begins

By: Tim Wood

Labor Day has come and gone. It's time for sewer construction to begin again. A detour was in place Monday as work on the East Harwich sewer system began along Route 137. The work started at Old Queen Anne Road, while a second crew began work on Herndon Road and continued mainline sewer installation on Cemetery and Compass roads. In Chatham, crews began work on the Oyster Pond sewer extension phase of the t...

East Harwich Sewer Costs A Concern To Selectmen

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Town officials opened the second round of bids for the East Harwich sewer project last Thursday and after bids in the first round came in high, they were a little relieved with what they received in the second round. Selectmen also voted not to call a special town meeting this fall to reaffirm a regional wastewater partnership with Dennis and Yarmouth, even if legislation establishing the partnership...

Fire Station Site Will Be Used For Wastewater Staging

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The old East Harwich fire station will be taken down by late September. There were plans to leave the old station in place after the new one is finished in mid to late September so that it could be used by the contractor on the East Harwich wastewater project, but those plans have changed. “That was the plan until about an hour ago,” Fire Chief Norman Clarke, Jr said on Thursday. Clarke stated ...

East Harwich Sewer Construction Starting On Monday

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Construction of the new sewer collection system in East Harwich is scheduled to start on Monday and will create some inconveniences for residents on roads where work will be taking place. Health Department Director Meggan Eldredge said the Robert B. Our Company, the project contractor, has indicated work will begin on Monday along the west side of Cemetery Road running from Queen Anne Road to Route 1...

East Harwich Sewer Bids Higher Than Expected

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Bids for the first of two sewer contracts for phase two of the comprehensive wastewater management plan were opened last Thursday, and while a local contractor, Robert B. Our Company, was the low bidder, the bids were higher than expected. The town received four bids, with the Our Company coming in at $11,368,663 with the next lowest bidder, RJV Construction, Inc., at $11,764,616. Town Administrator ...

CHATHAM – Voters in the annual election last Thursday approved borrowing $7.1 million for the next phase in the town's comprehensive wastewater management plan. The town is nine years into the 20-year first phase of the wastewater plan. Work previously completed or authorized, including last week’s approval, amounts to sewering about 20 to 25 percent of the town, according to Natural Resource Director Robert Dun...

ORLEANS — Selectmen Chairman Alan McClennen had a message for last week's Orleans Citizens Forum about the principal wastewater article on the May 13 annual town meeting warrant. “Being incredibly conservative,” he told about 80 listeners at the senior center April 25, “I think there's a possibility we could end up with a situation where the taxpayers don't have to pay a penny for this $47 million project.” ...