Wareham Water Proposes $5.1 Million Water Main Expansion
The Wareham Fire District Water Department is seeking public input and comment regarding its proposal to expand the water system along County Road and Blackmore Pond Road. The proposed expansion is estimated to cost $5.1 million dollars and would begin in 2007 and continue through 2008. “This very well could be the District’s largest expansion project in its 100 year history”, said Water Superintendent Michael Martin.
This expansion is being proposed at this time in order to coincide with the Town’s of Wareham, Marion and Rochester’s proposed reconstruction of County Road. The water department hopes to install its new main “off pavement” and outside the layout of the road reconstruction project in order to reduce initial construction and future maintenance costs.
A public information forum regarding this proposed expansion is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 6th, 2006 at the Wareham Public Library. Representatives of the Water Department and the District’s consulting engineer, SEA Consultants of Cambridge Massachusetts, will make a presentation and answer questions relating to this proposal.
Since the early 1990’s the Wareham Fire District has been expanding the water system to provide both fire protection and domestic water service to the residents of Wareham. Past projects include: Ames Island, Little Harbor, Cromessett, Wareham Lake Shores, Shangri-La, White Island, Rose Point, and Blackmore Pond areas of Wareham.
This expansion, like all the previous expansions, would be a betterment project. This means that only those properties benefiting from the improvement would contribute to the cost. According to Martin, betterment projects are the most equitable way to fund such projects. “Since the cost of the project is borne only by those properties receiving the benefit of the improvement, betterment projects have no effect on our existing customers.” Under Massachusetts Law, betterments are assessed as part of the property tax and amortized over a twenty year period.
Voters will be asked to approve funding for the $5.1 million dollar project at the Annual District Meeting. The District Meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., 10 April 2006 at the Wareham High School auditorium. All registered voters residing in the Wareham Fire District are encouraged to attend.