Whittier Road sewer/water main projects explained to public

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FARMINGTON — The planned installation of new sewer and water mains along Whittier Road to the Mt. Blue Learning Campus will be explained during a public meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Municipal Building.

Town officials will discuss the sewer department’s plans and the requirements for abutters along the road to connect to the new mains, Town Manager Richard Davis said Friday. Connection fees, user charges and waivers will also be explained.

The meeting is being held by the town and the Farmington Water Department, which will have representatives there to explain the water project.

An opportunity for abutters and others to ask questions is planned, he said.

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Abutters have already received letters and a copy of the town’s sewer ordinance. They may want to bring the ordinance with them, he added.

Upgrades to aging sewer and water systems at Mt. Blue High School were factored in as part of the proposed renovation there. Adding the new learning campus to town water and sewer will require extending the mains up Whittier Road approximately two miles from Route 2 to the school.

This will provide a potential hook-up for property owners along this section of road.

Homeowners can opt to continue with their present septic systems, if they are in good working condition, or choose to hook on to the new line during construction, a cost estimated at about $800, Mavis Gensel, wastewater clerk said earlier.

According to the town’s sewer use ordinance, homeowners face additional expense either way. Those within 200 feet of the new sewer line will be charged a minimum rate of $35.42 a quarter even if they choose not to connect to the new line, she said.

The meeting was planned to hear from abutters and the public prior to the project going out to bid.

abryant@sunjournal.com

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