Costs Estimates Surge for Harwich Wastewater Management Plan

HARWICH – Cost estimates are in for Harwich’s comprehensive wastewater management plan, and figures have shifted sharply upward.

Consultants with CDM Smith informed selectmen last month that the town can expect to pay $300 million if they opt for their own system.

Also on the table, is a proposal for a joint system with Dennis and Yarmouth which experts say would run roughly $260 million.

Either plan is well in excess of the $240 million that town officials had been expecting.

“These are 2022 cost numbers,” consultant David Young told the board, “The $240 million was based on 2016. We’re using three percent inflation, that’s how your $240 million went to $300 million.”

Young went on to say that Harwich could see substantial savings through sharing infrastructure components with Dennis and Yarmouth and illuminating the need for their own water treatment facility.

According to CDM Smith, they are still looking at additional cost savings measures including working with the commonwealth’s Department Of Transportation to coordinate roadway projects.

Any final decision on a wastewater plan would need approval from town meeting voters.

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