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New Water Treatment Plant Plans Approved

The Milford Water Company's new $20-million water treatment plant will be built on its Dilla St. campus.

The Milford Water Company has received all necessary local and state approvals needed to build its new water treatment facility, but the privately owned utility is still seeking final financing for the estimated $20-million plant, according to Manager David Condrey.

The Planning Board voted unanimously on December 13 to approve an amended site plan allowing the plant to be built at the company's 66 Dilla St. campus. The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) also approved the new plant, and it has been permitted through the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) process, Condrey said. The Charles River Watershed Association's concerns have been addressed through MEPA conditions that stormwater runoff toward the Charles River be minimized during construction, he explained. And, the Conservation Commission is finalizing its Order of Conditions, contingent on meeting Sewer Department approval for wastewater removal from the new facility, Condrey said.

With all the required engineering work, construction costs are now estimated at $20 million and the utility is still working to obtain financing for the project, he explained. Bids from four pre-qualified companies are due back to the utility today, and take into account that financing is pending, he added.

In the privately owned utility's filing with the Planning Board, the company said the amount of building on the 29.2-acre Dilla St. site would increase from 17,280 to 32,080 square feet. "The new facilities are based on the results of a water treatment pilot study conducted by MWC [Milford Water Company] in 2010 to select the treatment technology necessary to treat their water. The treatment technology designed, which has been approved by the DEP, includes Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) clarification and Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) filtration. The new facilities also include new yard piping and valves; process tanks; chemical system; backwash pumping facilities; and lagoons. The process tanks, chemical feed facilities, laboratory, and administrative areas will be housed within a new pre-engineered building. These facilities are also located at 66 Dilla St., on land already owned by MWC," the filing read.

The new treatment plant is being built to satisfy an Administrative Consent Order from the DEP to have a new water treatment plant fully constructed and in service by the end of May, 2013.


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