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/
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