HARWICH – Select members of Harwich’s board of directors have recently turned their attention to wastewater management in the city as municipalities across the region grapple with challenges impacting water quality .
According to the latest annual report report of the Association to Preserve Cape Cod Analyzing data collected from area ponds, lakes and estuaries, the Cape Cod region has a long way to go when it comes to water quality.
In Harwich, efforts are continuing to expand sewage infrastructure, and the city’s water department superintendent, Dan Pelletier, said the city will be sending out connection order letters for Phase 2 of the sewage project. sewer as part of the overall waste water management plan.
The pumping stations under the ongoing project were also recently inspected by the Department of Environmental Protection as efforts progress.
To help residents, the city’s water department has also created an online map, which can be viewed herewhich provides sewer rate estimates for different residences in the community.
Connection orders will also include a “welcome kit,” Pelletier said, with a list of designers, contractors and a checklist on how to get sewer service.
Residents will have two years to comply with the connection order.
Pelletier said the city is also working on other ways to help its residents financially when it comes to hooking up homes to the sewer.
“We worked with the Barnstable County Septic Loan Program to have zero percent septic loans offered for sewer hookups,” Pelletier said.
He added that the county has since hired a financial consulting firm to help model the potential loan program.
“It’s not in place yet, but it’s underway and hopefully we’re getting closer to the finish line where residents who need to log on and get a loan to do their homework sewer will be able to do it at zero percent. .”
Residents can also expect the city’s awareness efforts to increase in the coming months on the responsible use of fertilizers, another source of water quality degradation, according to the Association. .
City officials said the effort to educate the public about the dangers of fertilizer overuse is due to a lack of state-level oversight on the issue, including a lack of effective enforcement.
As wastewater infrastructure continues to see investment throughout the region, Pelletier said the city will likely seek to collaborate with Dennis on effluent recharge and other wastewater projects.