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The Town of Whitman has scheduled a Town Meeting for Monday evening, December 2, 2019, at 7:30 P.M. There are only four (4) questions on that warrant, however this meeting is essential to the future of Whitman. Thirty-five years ago the Town had the foresight to partner with the City of Brockton for expansion to its sewer treatment plant and began the process to construct the waste water collection system in place in Whitman today.
A key element of this system is a 4 ½ mile pipe that delivers sewage to the Brockton Advanced Water Reclamation Facility for processing and treatment. The force-main portion of the pipe is 16,000 linear feet. The gravity section of the pipe was previously lined, but the Force (pumped) main is original. The anticipated life cycle for that pipe is 30-40 years. The pipe is now 35 years old and failing. Two breaks in the pipe in November of 2016 and December of 2017 resulted in costs exceeding one million dollars.
An assessment conducted this year by Environmental Partners, Inc. identified multiple locations where conditions that caused the previous two breaks exists. The question is not if, but when, additional breaks will occur. The entire force main must be replaced, and to begin this process, we must contract for design and preparations for installation of a new pipe. Article 4 of the upcoming town meeting will provide the funding for this first step to replacing that pipe. The continued operation of our sewer system is dependent on this vote.
Please attend our Town Meeting on Monday, December 2, 2019 at 7:30 PM at the Town Hall
Frank LynamWhitman Town Administrator