Bourne’s new wastewater treatment facility, built along Bypass Roads 6 and 28 at Buzzards Bay, is about to go into service. City officials have reported that a clean water test was recently carried out and results are pending.
Bourne City Administrator Anthony E. Schiavi provided an update on the sewage treatment plant to the Bourne Board of Sewer Commissioners at its meeting on Tuesday., July 13. Mr Schiavi said the clean water test was carried out at the facility last week and “everything went well”.
“Now we are basically waiting for what they call an authorization to operate,” he said.
Mr Schiavi also stressed that there were “a few things that went through the cracks”. Specifically, he said, it was discovered that the optical fiber had to be installed for an Internet connection at the factory. In addition, a dedicated telephone line must be established between the plant and the pumping station, located near the Bourne Veterans Memorial Community Center. These are minor issues, Schiavi said, but take time.
“We had a temporary fix for the Internet connection,” he said, “but Verizon is still a few weeks away. The engineer’s recommendation is that we don’t work until we have that phone line. permanent. “
Board member Peter J. Meier invited the other members to tour the new facility. He advised anyone interested to contact the owner’s project manager, Joseph Sullivan of DAEDELUS, regarding a site visit.
“It’s definitely something worth seeing,” he said.
The $ 9.7 million wastewater treatment facility is under construction at a site near Queen Sewell Park and adjacent to the new Bourne Police Department station. The new wastewater treatment plant has been cited as the key to the revival of the downtown business district.
The new treatment facility will increase the sewage capacity at Buzzards Bay by 100,000 gallons per day. This increased flow is expected to open up business opportunities in the city’s growth incentive zone.
Under a current intermunicipal agreement, Bourne is authorized to send 200,000 gallons of wastewater per day to the Wareham treatment facility. Much of this amount was allocated, which prevented new businesses from opening in Buzzards Bay.
The installation was due to be completed in mid-March 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic has struck. In June 2020, a completion date for the end of January 2021 was announced. Two weeks later, the contractor hired to erect the building, Robert B. Our, extended the completion until March. Subsequently, the date was moved to the end of April, and finally this month.
Construction of the wastewater treatment facility is being funded, in part, by $ 1.8 million from the state’s MassWorks grant program. Concerns had been expressed that the grant would be forfeited if the project was not completed by June 30, the end of the state’s fiscal year.
However, the city’s representative to MassWorks, Jacqueline Furtado, assured the wastewater treatment facility design and construction committee that the state agency would continue to pay until the maximum of 1, 8 million dollars is reached.
Weston and Sampson, the design, engineering and environmental services company working on the facility, was successful in getting the wastewater treatment project under the planned use of the state’s revolving fund. This enabled the city to receive a grant of just over $ 1.1 million for the sewage treatment facility from the Cape Cod and Islands Water Protection Fund.