Episode 1027

FM #1027 - ToF All About Sewer Series - 06/14/23 - Part 2 of 3

Published on: 26th July, 2023

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Doug Martin, Franklin’s Water and Sewer Superintendent and Jake Standly, the Assistant Water/Sewer Superintendent . 

We had our conversation in the Franklin Public Radio studios on Hutchinson St. This is one of three in a series exploring the status and operations of the Franklin’s Water & Sewer Division. During 2021, we did a 3-part series on the water supply. With the Beaver St interceptor project starting later this year, we decided to cover the sewer side of the business. A little more dirty talk although we do start out with some updates on water.

Part 1 - approx. 25 minutes

  • PFAS - the EPA is looking to update their regulation
  • Mitigation of PFAS for Well 7 is costly and starting later this year
  • If the proposed regulations go through, it will be more costly as "60% of our water sources are currently above that (proposed) threshold"
  • Likely water rate increase coming in a future year (TBD)
  • New diagram shows lines of responsibility for water (and sewer) between Town and property owners
  • What to flush or not flush (3 p's - poop, pee & (toilet) paper)

Part 2 - approx. 42 minutes

  • We get into the core of the sewer system, historical design (or lack thereof)
  • Beaver St interceptor, construction overview and project plan
  • System capacity (both water & sewer), annual conservation measures
  • Oct 14 - Touch a Truck, hydrant painting, snow plow naming contest, and reveal of communication plan for the Beaver St construction project

Part 3 - approx. 27 minutes

  • We get to the sewer budget and rate increases approved for FY 2024, FY 2025, FY 2026
  • Review of the projects being completed or being worked, and planned for near term
  • Sahlin circle (final touches)
  • Monterrey Dr off Pleasant St (Jan/Feb - awaiting pump delivery)
  • Phase 7 lining - this summer
  • next level of I&I study
  • asset mgt grant
  • easement clearing & mapping
  • Good things about the community cooperation
  • Last but not least mention of the lead service connections (not supposed to be many)

The final section includes a budget recap which summaries as the following:

  • $500K for expenses, 
  • approx $1M for personnel
  • $3.4M for Charles River flow and assessment
  • $1M for project debt and interest payments

The show notes include links to the Franklin water & sewer division page 

Let’s listen to this part of my conversation with Doug and Jake and learn all about Franklin’s sewer services.


Water Sewer Division - https://www.franklinma.gov/water-sewer-division

Water Smart program ->  https://www.franklinma.gov/water-sewer-division/pages/welcome-watersmart-program

Leak or Blockage diagram of lines of responsibility between Town and property owners for water and sewer service  https://www.franklinma.gov/water-sewer-division/pages/have-leak-or-blockage

Consumer Confidence Reports -> archive   = https://www.franklinma.gov/water-sewer-division/pages/consumer-confidence-reports

Charles River Pollution Control https://www.franklinma.gov/charles-river-pollution-control   and https://www.charlesriverpcd.org/ 

Charles River Update to Town Council begins at 57:50 in the Franklin TV meeting video for May 3, 2023  ->  https://www.youtube.com/live/mhRDmkdk7og

Beaver St interceptor update to Town Council begins at 1:36:30  in the same meeting video https://www.youtube.com/live/mhRDmkdk7og

The most recent PFAS update to Town Council begins at 1:52:56 in the same meeting video https://www.youtube.com/live/mhRDmkdk7og


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