The district recently began work to build a sewer treatment plant at main campus, which is part of the $36.9 million capital improvement project approved by voters in February 2017.
“This is critically important ‘behind-the-scenes’ work and is necessary as part of the district’s comprehensive building operations and maintenance work,” said Superintendent Brian Monahan. “Ensuring our district’s infrastructure remains in top shape, without costly repairs or service interruption, allows our students to learn and our staff to work in an environment without any challenges.”
The existing sewer treatment facility, which is located at the entrance to the Middle School on Route 6, is nearing the end of its useful lifespan and lacks the processing capacity to provide uninterrupted service to the main campus during maintenance, or when breakdowns occur. A failure of this facility would result in an extended shutdown affecting all buildings on the Route 6 campus.
Work began in late May, with clearing of trees, stump removal and property grading. The ground is now being prepared for the installation of building footings, with new drainage installed under and around the building.
New plant construction will begin following the completion of that work, with the new building ready for when the new sewer holding tanks arrive.
Most of this work will happen over this summer and into September.
It’s important to note that an aesthetically pleasing landscape plan will eventually be developed to repopulate the area with young trees, replacing trees which were removed to make space for the new plant.