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Coastal Engineering Company of Orleans Cape Cod

Harwich Sewer Connection

Published June 29, 2018 by John A. Bologna, David J. Michniewicz, John G. Schnaible, Sean M. Riley,

Harwich Community Center Planning Presentation

Town of Harwich is in the process of designing a municipal sewer system for East Harwich. Coastal Engineering would like to assist property owners with engineering design services to prepare a Sewer Connection Plan for them. We will hold two free information sessions at Harwich Community Center: one on Monday, August 6, 9am-Noon and the other on Wednesday, August 15, 3-6pm (Content will be the same so pick the date and time that works best for you!) Registration below by August 1, 2018 is encouraged to reserve a free seat at the presentation, but walk-ins are also welcome.

Why plan a sewer connection?

While design of the sewage collection system that will be installed in the street in front of private and commercial properties is the responsibility of the Town, design of the service connection from your house to the municipal sewer is the property owners' responsibility. Planning now for the future service connection, before the municipal sewers are designed and constructed, could help to minimize the amount of disruption to each property when it’s time to connect to the sewer, and that could save the owners significant money.

When the municipal sewers are constructed, each property will be provided with a service connection stub from the sewer main to a point just onto each property. Without prior planning, the service connection stubs could end up in locations that are not ideally situated. That could lead to unnecessary construction costs for repairs to driveways, retaining walls, hardscape/landscape areas, and other site improvements.

Harwich Sewer Connection Types

Potential connection types, Town of Harwich Phase 2 Implementation brochure

What are the benefits of joining forces as a neighborhood?

There are distinct advantages to acting as a neighborhood on the construction side of things on a number of counts:

1) Economy of scale: leveraging a large group of sites gives the ability to obtain competitive bids for the work.

2) Better coordination: Greater voice as a group makes it easier to communicate with Town regarding the sewer main installation .

3) Favorable scheduling: Better chance of being able to choose when the construction work is done in the neighborhood.

4) Opportunity to share common resources and mutual interests.

5) Favorable terms for financing: Potentially a better chance to negotiate assistance to those that may need help in paying for the hook ups.

How can Coastal Engineering assist?

Coastal Engineering offers consulting and engineering design services to prepare a Sewer Connection Plan for property owners affected by this project. By preparing a plan before the municipal sewer is designed and constructed, the owners will have the ability to dictate where the connection stub is installed. According to the Town, the municipal sewer designs will be completed by January 2019, and construction of the sewers will begin in the summer of 2019, so it’s not too soon to start planning for the future sewer connection now. Coastal Engineering has ideas that could help neighborhoods save money on engineering and construction. We will hold two free information sessions at Harwich Community Center: one on Monday, August 6, 9am-Noon and the other on Wednesday, August 15, 3-6pm. REGISTER ON TOP OF THIS PAGE OR CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR MORE INFORMATION. Wastewater Support Committee will advise the Board of Selectmen on implementation progress and issues.