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Sewer betterment brings out dozens to Scituate meeting

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  September 7, 2011 04:49 PM

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Over 100 people came out to discuss the sewer and water betterment occurring around Mushquashcut Pond, a $6.5 million project that officials expect to have completed by next September.

According to DPW Director Albert Bangert, who attended last week’s meeting, the project will cost the 300 affected homeowners approximately $20,000 apiece, but it’s a project many are excited for.

“They are all glad. The individual sewage tanks are a problem in that area. It’s coastal, very low lying, and as houses are sold they have to put in Title 5 systems, which are expensive and not pleasing to look at, so they are happy there is a solution coming to this particular problem,” Bangert said.

“It’s a very good thing to get. It improves the value of the home, makes it easier to sell, removes one question mark when selling a home, and benefits them.”

The meeting, held at the Scituate Community Building (the old Pier 44 building), will be the only one hosted for residents, and helped answer many of the common questions about the project, Bangert said.

Overall, the project will include the installation of 15,000 feet of gravity sewer, 7,000 feet of low-pressure sewer, 4,300 feet of force main, and a wastewater pump station. 100 of the 300 properties in the project area will receive individual grinder pump units.

The town will also replace the main feeder water mains on Hatherly and Gannett road. Final paving of the street will occur in the Spring of 2013.

According to officials, construction will occur between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on construction days. Traffic will be detoured when possible and cut down to one lane of traffic in areas where it is not.

Construction will occur only up to the property line of each residence. Within a year, locals will then be required to hire a drain layer to transfer the wastewater flows from the existing septic systems, which will have to be filled, to the new sewer stub in the roadway.

“Once connected, all following quarterly water bills will include an additional sewer use charge,” the minutes from the meeting said.

It’s a complicated process, but a necessary one, Bangert said. It’s a project the town has been working on since 2000.

“Back in 2000, the town was broken up into sewer districts and priorities were established for which should be advanced and at which pace,” Bangert said. “The first was around Greenbush area, which was a watershed, then the cliffs, as there was a difficulty of having sewer there, so this is a logical progression to give homes this sewer system.”

Parts of Scituate Harbor, areas of Minot, and areas of North Scituate will also eventually receive the same treatment.

"The entire town wont ever be put on the sewer system...there’s not enough capacity, and there are some areas where there is enough percolation of the soil. But there are a couple of districts…[that] will be added to the sewer when we have it up to capacity,” Bangert said.

For more information, visit the town’s website, or call the Department of Public Works, Bangert said.

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