Wareham Water Department gets $50,000 grant  to study pipe strength

By Matthew Bernat | Jan 31, 2018
Photo by: Matthew Bernat Wareham Water Department Superintendent Andrew Reid shows a map of the pipes that bring drinking water into Wareham homes. A grant will help the department determine the strength of the pipes.

The Wareham Water Department will soon know what improvements its aging drinking water system needs and will determine when to start making those repairs, with the help of a $50,000 grant.

The department received the money, known as the Water Management Act grant, from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

Wareham Water Department Superintendent Andrew Reid said the money will be used to conduct tests on portions of the drinking water supply pipes. The oldest pipes were installed in the 1920s, with sections being added until the 1990s. In total, there are 150 miles of pipes.

With the grant, Reid said officials will be able to start budgeting for a massive overhaul of the system, expected to start in 2020 and last up until 2090. The cost to replace the system is an estimated $150 million, said Reid.

“This grant will help us use our money more wisely,” said Reid. “We don’t want to replace it too soon and we don’t want to replace it too late. We’re trying to find a happy medium.”

The money will be used to test the strength and thickness of the pipes.

“That will help us get a good handle on the problem,” said Reid.

Reid offered thanks to State Rep. Susan Williams Gifford (R-Wareham) and State Sen. Marc Pacheco (D-Taunton) for their support in securing the grant.

Comments (4)
Posted by: Spherebreaker | Feb 01, 2018 07:25

$189 per foot. Seems pretty steep to me. If we didn't have dual districts and Water was aligned with sewer departments I'm sure upgrades on both systems could be coordinated to cut the costs of both but how silly of me, this is Wareham and money don't matter.

Posted by: OnsetTogether | Feb 01, 2018 07:51

Kudos to Wareham Water for grant funding. Onset Water just spends taxpayer money and is facing huge capital expenditures.

Posted by: baron1701@yahoo.com | Feb 01, 2018 08:38

Time for me to have a well drilled, this small town is starting to get expensive.

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Feb 01, 2018 13:43

We get drilled one way or the other with 2 districts. They only care about getting bigger, lining pockets and raising rates

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