Selectmen to Receive Update on Multi-Town Clean Waters Partnership

DENNIS – The towns of Dennis, Harwich and Yarmouth have been discussing a community partnership to solve wastewater issues for about a year and selectmen from all three towns will meet later this month.

A subgroup has been meeting monthly since June and will report their findings to the three boards on March 22 at the Dennis Senior Center at 6 p.m.

“Each town has sent a representative and now we need to bring each of the various boards up to speed,” said Mark Forest, a Yarmouth Selectman. “Each town is going to be presenting to town meeting and article addressing how we can collaborate and work together.”

The Town Meeting articles would allow for filing special legislation to allow for the DHY Clean Waters Community Partnership to be created.

“The concept here is to look at the potential of the three towns working together on a regional facility that would treat effluent, or wastewater, and allow us to recycle or reuse some of the effluent,” said Forest. “We are looking at substantial cost savings.”

If the towns agree to the partnership the subgroup would continue to evaluate the options over the next year and work towards developing an agreement that would specify the details of how the partnership would work. If an agreement is reached, it would go back to each town’s board for input and would ultimately require Town Meeting approval.

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