Falmouth Selectmen Get Update on New Water Treatment Plant

FALMOUTH –Falmouth Selectmen received a brief update Monday night on plans for the operation of the town’s new water treatment facility.

The board had previously agreed to a proposal from Director of Public Works Raymond Jack to hold off on fully bringing the Long Pond Water Treatment Plant online in order to avoid overloading the system right away during the height of the summer tourist season.

Work on the more than 41 million dollar project began over two years ago, and while it has been capable of operating since this past May, Jack and the DPW have advocated a slow roll out.

“You don’t want to take a new plant and make it run one hundred miles an hour the first time you start it up,” Jack told the board at their meeting in May.

The project, which has come in ahead of schedule and under budget, is expected to be fully completed this fall, and permitting should the finalized within ten days.

The plant was designed and built to deal with 1.2 million gallons per day and is capable of handling up to 1.4 million gallons.

During Monday night’s session, Jack said they were on time and on budget and expected the system to be fully functional by this fall.

The $41 million project replaces the old Long Pond plant which had been in operation since 1898.

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