Topics: Wastewater treatment

A new year comes with New Year's resolutions, and officials in Chatham, Orleans and Harwich aren't short of them for 2022. We asked select board members from each of the three towns what's topping their list of legislative priorities this year. Perhaps not surprisingly, the creation of housing was almost universally cited as an ongoing need among officials in each community. "I'd hate to talk about anything...

Chatham To Join PFAS Litigation

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The discovery of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in public wells in levels above state standards has already prompted some hefty spending by the town to ensure continued clean drinking water. To help defray those and expected future costs, the select board voted last week to seek to join a national lawsuit targeting companies that produced those "forever chemical" contaminants. The select ...

Health Board Approves New Sewer Connection Regulations

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Homeowners have two years to connect to town sewer once it is available, according to new sewer connection regulations approved by the board of health last week. The new provisions, “enacted for the protection of public health, safety, welfare and the environment, wetlands and the public water supply,” were approved on Friday. There was one language adjustment by the board, and no public input was gi...

Orleans Select Board Endorses New Sewer Regulations

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – The select board voted 4-0  Sept. 22 to recommend in favor of sewer use rules and regulations, although board members pressed Tom Daley, the town’s public works director, to provide more specific information for residents preparing to connect to town sewer. The board of water and sewer commissioners voted to adopt the rules and regulations ahead of the select board’s meeting. The rules and regulation...

HARWICH – As the town prepares bid specifications for a third contract to complete phase two sewering in East Harwich, there remains an outstanding decision on whether Continental Drive and Whidah Drive should have sewers installed. Residents of the Pleasant Bay Association spent thousands of dollars on connection plans before being told the town didn't have the money to sewer their streets. New projections fo...

Chatham, Harwich Agree To Change Wastewater Pact

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The town of Chatham is seeking to give Harwich an easier payment plan for its use of the shared wastewater treatment plant and has opted against charging its neighbor a penalty for that accommodation. The intermunicipal agreement that governs the two towns’ sewer connection is being amended, in part to change the schedule of payments from Harwich to Chatham for the use of the latter's wastewater trea...

HARWICH — The first phase of the town's wastewater project is expected to go online in the next month to a month and a half, and the water and wastewater commission has scheduled a public hearing next week to put the town’s first sewer rates in place. Water and wastewater superintendent Daniel Pelletier said he anticipates the Robert B. Our Co. sewer construction contract to conclude by the end of the month an...

ORLEANS — Moving ahead on collecting and treating wastewater required buy-in from a wide variety of town committees and other groups of citizens. Now some are feeling the need for a professional coordinator devoted to monitoring progress and keeping everyone on track as initiatives expand to encompass areas outside downtown, including ponds, and innovative treatment methods. “There are a lot of policy decisi...

ORLEANS — Sometimes, floating an idea means just that. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty member is testing an experimental solar-powered data buoy known as PEARL that's anchored in Deep Pond. Last month, Professor Olivier L. de Weck answered questions from the conservation commission about the device, which is a prototype of a larger version to be deployed in the ocean. The floating p...

ORLEANS — Even as contractors are digging into downtown streets to install sewer pipes and excavating the foundation for a wastewater treatment facility, town officials are digging into the details of the second phase of the massive project: designing and building a collection system to remove all the nitrogen in Meetinghouse Pond. The town is under a mandate to reach a Total Maximum Daily Load of zero in the ...

ORLEANS — “Class” is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about sewers. Ed Norton and his undershirt, yes, and perhaps escaped alligators, yet nothing particularly elevating. But DPW Director Tom Daley and the Orleans Improvement Association have put their inspired stamp on the otherwise mundane covers that will conceal access to sewer lines and drainage areas in coming years. At a conferenc...

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...