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Selectmen hear sewer project options

October 05, 2010
STURBRIDGE — Selectmen were presented with the results of an engineering study of the Route 15 sewer project and moved forward with planning for a water main extension in the same area during their meeting Monday, Oct. 4.

The presentation on the sewer and water projects was made by Dave Prickett, project manager for the engineering company Tighe & Bond, which handled the study.

Prickett told the board it had multiple options for how the town could provide waste disposal along Route 15 and the surrounding areas and he spoke to the board about three of them.

The reason for the discussion is the town would like to attract business to an area along Route 15 bounded by I-84, Main Street, Mashapaug Road and the Quinebaug River. The project area is approximately 600 acres and includes 80 parcels.

Prickett said there are multiple ways the project could proceed. The collection could be handled by either sewer or septic systems, the treatment could be centralized or de-centralized and the disposal could be through surface water into the Quinebaug River or through groundwater.

Prickett suggested the board only examine the sewer options with a centralized treatment center at this time, for cost effectiveness. The next question, he said, is how much of the area will be included in the project.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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