Wastewater Infrastructure

Updated: 2/23/2024

Notice for Meetinghouse Pond Sewer Abutters: 

Weekly Project Schedule Update


NOTICE AS OF 2/26/24: Starting Monday 3/11, construction hours on Main Street will extend beginning as early as 6:30 AM and ending as late as 6 PM. During construction hours, Main Street will be closed to thru traffic and open to abutters only. Businesses on Main Street will remain open, though hours may vary. Police details are on site during construction hours for assistance.


Map below reflects anticipated schedule over the next three weeks. See text and links below for additional detail and detour information.Meetinghouse Lookahead Mapping 2-23-24


Week of February 26th:

Work will take place on:

  • Pond Road – closed to thru traffic between Route 28 and Monument Road.
  • Main Street – closed to thru traffic between Meetinghouse Road and Great Oak Road.

Week of March 4th:

Work will take place on:

  • Main Street – closed to thru traffic between Meetinghouse Road and Great Oak Road.
  • Pond Road – closed to thru traffic between Route 28 and Monument Road.
  • Monument Road
  • Windy Hill Lane
  • Barley Neck Road

Week of March 11th:

Work will take place on:

  • Main Street – closed to thru traffic between Meetinghouse Road and Great Oak Road. Extended work hours will go into effect.
  • Barely Neck Road
  • Monument Road


The Contractor will be updating the construction schedule. For more information on the locations and construction details, please visit the following link:

Construction Activities & Detours - Three-Week Lookahead

Two-Month Construction Schedule Map

Sewer Construction FAQ

 

 

Notice for Downtown Area Sewer Abutters: 

Downtown Sewer Project Connection and Deferral: 

If you have property within the Downtown sewer service area and are not connected to the sewer you recently received a letter from the Board of Health reminding you to connect to the new sewer system by March 2024.  A copy of that letter is available at the link below. If you would like to request a deferral please follow the process below:

  1. Download and complete the deferral form, available at the link below. Please be sure to provide a letter explaining why you need a deferral, the steps you have taken to work towards connecting with the sewer system, and any available supporting documentation.
  2. Send a copy to BOTH the Department of Public Works (Stacy Faber) and the Board of Health (Alex Fitch).
  3. Attend the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners meeting to present your request for deferral.  The Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners may ask for supplemental information at that time. You will be contacted with the date and time after your deferral request is received.  At that time please indicate whether you will need to attend remotely. The Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners typically meets the third Wednesday of the month (https://www.town.orleans.ma.us/547/Board-of-Water-Sewer-Commissioners). Requests to be heard at the February meeting will been to be received by February 15, 2024; requests to be heard at the March meeting will need to be received by March 15, 2024.  
  4. Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners will forward a recommendation regarding your request to the Board of Health for consideration.  
  5. The Board of Health makes a final determination on the deferral request at a hearing to be scheduled.  

Phase 1 Sewer Connection Order Reminder - 1/22/24

Sewer Connection Deferral Form

We are encouraging properties in the Downtown Area to begin the process of hiring an engineer for sewer service connections as soon as possible. 

Please refer to the Town of Orleans website for the current notice


Please click here to view the table of Estimated Betterment Values.


Please visit the Sewer Service Connections webpage for resources and information for property owners located within the Downtown Area. See below for the Connection Schedule.

2023-01-05-Orleans_MA_Downtown_Area_Connection_Schedule


See below the informational brochure that was shared as part of the 2022 Celebrate Our Waters Festival showcasing the on-going Orleans Wastewater Treatment Facility and Collection System projects: 

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Recent News: The Cape Cod and Islands Water Protection Fund Management Board voted on 4/14/21 to give Orleans a 25 percent grant for the Downtown Area Wastewater Project in the amount of $14,852,300.  Please note that this is the largest grant ever received by the Town and it is consistent with the financial plan that was developed over the last few years.

You can view the Cape Cod and Islands Water Protection Fund Notice of Subsidy (PDF). Please visit the Citizens Communications page to view current and previous construction and detour updates and previous communication to property owners in the project area.