Legislation Filed to Establish DHY Wastewater Partnership

YARMOUTH – A regional agreement to solve wastewater issues has been approved by the towns of Dennis, Harwich and Yarmouth and now legislation has been filed to establish the district.

The DHY Clean Water Community Partnership would be responsible for treating affluent from the three communities through a regional wastewater facility.

Representatives from each town will be part of a working group over the next several months to finalize the agreement.

“This is really where the details of how the plant will be financed, what the representation of town would look like and all of the details that need to be ironed out will be addressed,” said Yarmouth Town Administrator Daniel Knapik.

The legislation was filed by the Cape Cod delegation and will head to the Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government. The legislation could be passed during the informal session through the end of the year.

The agreement would require approval at Town Meeting for the 3 communities.

If passed at town meetings in 2019 it would still be a few years before shovels would hit the ground for the construction of a treatment plant.

“I think the single biggest driver of this is that local control is the best way to control costs for the future,” Knapik said.

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