How Long Will It Take To Clean Up The Nitrogen Problem?
  • Public projects like this one are accomplished in four phases:
    • Planning (figuring out which is the best plan)
    • Design (preparing drawings and specifications for the best plan)
    • Construction (building the needed facilities)
    • Operation (collecting and treating the wastewater and disposing of (or reusing) the effluent
  • We now expect to complete the planning stage in 2010:
    • Recommendation by WMSC of the "best" plan at October 2008 Special Town Meeting
    • Additional planning activities to fine-tune the recommended plan from late 2008 to early 2010
  • The design phase would be authorized at the May 2010 Annual Town Meeting and be complete by early 2012.
  • Construction of the first phase of wastewater facilities would start in the summer of 2012 and continue for 2 years.
  • The start-up of the first phase of facilities would occur in 2014.
  • Improvements in water quality would be seen within a few years of plant start-up.

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1. Why Do Orleans Residents Need to Change the Way They Dispose of Wastewater?
2. What is Nitrogen and Why Should We Worry About It?
3. How Does Nitrogen from Septic Systems and Lawn Fertilization Get into Our Coastal Waters?
4. How Many Septic Systems Must Be Eliminated?
5. If We Eliminate Septic Systems By Providing A Public Sewer System, Where Does The Nitrogen Go?
6. Doesn't Orleans Already Share A Wastewater Treatment Plant At The Tri-Town Site Near Rt. 6 & 6A?
7. If We Build A New Wastewater Treatment Plant, What Would Happen To The Existing Tri-Town Facility?
8. Is There A Single Best Way To Collect And Treat Orleans' Wastewater?
9. How Will The WMSC Determine Which Plan Is "Best"?
10. How Long Will It Take To Clean Up The Nitrogen Problem?
11. What Happens If We Do Nothing About The Nitrogen Problem?
12. Is There Money To Be Saved By Finding Regional Solutions?
13. How much will the CWMP cost me?