Water Rate Increase Proposed in Falmouth

Water Price Set To RiseFALMOUTH – Selectmen in Falmouth are expected to consider an increase in the town’s water rate at some point this year.

The move comes as construction continues on the new $46 million water treatment facility near Long Pond. Work is about a third of the way done and should be completed in 2017.

“The new treatment plant does cost a little more to operate and we have to pay for the new treatment plant,” said Falmouth Water Superintendent Stephen Rafferty. “There are bills to be paid in the future.”

A study is underway to explore how much of an increase is needed.

It would be the first rate increase since 2010.

Rafferty has been putting on informational sessions across town on the new facility’s infrastructure and future water projects in town. Rafferty says the town also needs to clean and replace some aging water mains.

There are six water sources in Falmouth, with the largest being Long Pond.

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