State awards Wareham $101,000 to storm-proof sewage pump stations

Aug 10, 2017

The Baker-Polito Administration announced on Aug. 9 that Wareham will receive $101,000 from the state to reduce the impacts from coastal storms and climate change on sewage pumps.

In Wareham, the money will be used to develop permit-level designs for retrofit measures at three critical pump stations. Those plans will keep the pumps operating during future storms, while minimizing public health and environmental risks.

Wareham has received two previous grants to develop plans to make the sewer pump stations resistant to coastal storms, according to Director of Water Pollution Control Guy Campinha. The Narrows Pump Station, Lopes Field Pump Station and Cohasset Narrows Pump Station will all be rehabilitated to waterproof them entirely.

A flood would compromise the integrity of the pumping stations, pressure from the water could collapse the station and it would cost time and money to get a water damaged station back online, Campinha said. This grant allows plans to be finalized to add watertight doors, insulate and waterproof the inside and outside of the stations and provide structural soundness in an emergency.

"We're protecting what we have," Campinha said.

These final plans will be complete within a year.

The money is part of an $2.2 million grant divided among 14 other communities.

“Protecting and preparing Massachusetts’ extensive residential and commercial developments, port facilities, habitats and natural resources from changing climate conditions along our coast is a priority for our administration,” said Gov. Charlie Baker. “We are committed to addressing these challenges and pleased to provide more than $2 million to coastal communities to adapt and prepare for future storms.”

The funding continues the commitment of the Baker-Polito Administration to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard residents, municipalities and businesses from the impacts of climate change, and build a more resilient Commonwealth.

Earlier this year, the Administration awarded over $1 million in grant funding and designation status has been awarded to 71 towns and cities across the Commonwealth to provide communities with technical support, climate change data and planning tools to identify hazards and develop strategies to improve resilience.

Funding was provided by the Office of Coastal Zone Management through its Coastal Resilience Grant Program. That program gives financial and technical support for innovative efforts to increase awareness and understanding of climate impacts, plan for changing conditions and redesign vulnerable infrastructure.

Grants can be used for planning, public outreach and feasibility assessment and analysis of shoreline, as well as for design, permitting, construction and monitoring of storm damage protection projects.

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