Groundbreaking for Water Treatment Facility

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Town-Wide Water Quality Improvements Underway in Bellingham, MA

A groundbreaking for the Wrentham Road Water Treatment Plant in Bellingham took place on Friday, May 9th at the site of the new facility. Representatives from the Bellingham Department of Public Works; Town officials and Selectmen; executives from Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and Water Pollution Abatement Trust (WPAT); Wright-Pierce, design engineers of the facility; and Waterline Industries, contractor, were in attendance.

The new facility is designed to remove iron and manganese and provide disinfection to the Town’s southern groundwater sources. It is one of many on-going projects to provide the town with a treated water supply.  The existing Hartford Avenue Water Treatment Plant to the north is also being upgraded for expanded capacity, and several miles of water main are being installed throughout the Town.

The project received $13.3 Million of low interest loan financing from the Massachusetts Drinking Water State Revolving Funds program administered by the MassDEP and WPAT.

Construction of the water treatment facility and other project components is scheduled for completion by the end of March 2015. 

(left to right) Richard Protasowicki, Wright-Pierce Senior Project Manager; Jarry Mahew, Board of Selectmen(BOS); Mike Soter, BOS; Michael Connor, BOS; Denis Fraine, Town Administrator; Dan Spencer, BOS; Donald DiMartino, DPW Director; Steve McCurdy, Director MassDEP Municipal Services; and Susan Perez, Executive Director Water Pollution Abatement Trust.