Repairs and Upgrades to the Hebron Sewer System
EXPLANATORY TEXT FOR WPCA UPGRADE AND IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
SPECIAL TOWN MEETING OCTOBER 24, 2019 AND
REFERENDUM VOTE NOVEMBER 5, 2019
Information on Repairs and Upgrades to the Hebron Sewer System
In the late 1980’s, the State of Connecticut mandated the Town of Hebron to establish a sewer service district. In response, the Town constructed a public sewer system in the early 1990’s that serves multiple areas including Hebron center, the Amston Lake District, RHAM High School, Hebron Elementary School and along Church Street (Route 85). The primary purpose of the system was to address areas of septic failures.
The system is administered by the Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA) which consists of five (5) appointed board members. Approximately 17 miles of sewer lines were installed and these are supported by nine (9) pump stations. Sewer lines were installed along the following roads: Route 85 from Route 66 south to Crouch Road, Crouch Road, North Pond Road, Brennan Road, portions of Hope Valley Road, Slicer Drive, portions of Millstream Road, Kinney Road, portions of Wall Street, Main Street (from Loveland Road to the corner of 85/66), John E. Horton Boulevard, Wellswood Road and the streets in the Amston Lake area. Major buildings serviced by the sewer system include: RHAM Middle and High Schools, Hebron Elementary School, Colebrook Village, Fire Company # 1, Russell Mercier Senior Center, Town Office Building and the Douglas Library of Hebron.
Waste flow from Hebron is metered and flows to the Town of Colchester and ultimately to the East Hampton sewer treatment plant. In addition, Lebanon’s Lake District flows through Hebron and is billed accordingly.
When initially built, the cost of the system was funded by each residence and business that connected into the system. They were all assessed an initial connection fee and continue to contribute annual user fees that fund the operation of the system. The WPCA operates under its own budget separate from that of the town budget.
A study was done over the last four years to assess the condition of the system and a plan was made to upgrade the system which is over 28 years old. According to the study, the pump stations are reaching the end of their life expectancy and maintenance costs and sudden equipment failures have increased significantly. The total cost of this upgrade is approximately $7.6 million dollars. The project would be bonded by the Town and done in two phases with the first phase of the project costing $3.3 million dollars and would begin in the spring of 2020. The first phase of this project would be upgrading four (4) of the nine (9) pump stations to meet current standards, installing generators for backup power, and rebuilding grinder pumps. The second phase would be scheduled to begin 2027.
This project will be placed before the voters on the November ballot to obtain their approval for the Town to move forward with this project.
Please attend the public hearings to obtain information about the project, or any of the WPCA meetings, which are the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm at the Douglas Library to have your questions answered.
Board of Finance Public Hearing: Thursday, September 12, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. Hebron Town Office Building, 15 Gilead Street, Hebron, Connecticut.
A Special Town Meeting will be held in the Lower Level Meeting Room of the Hebron Town Office Building, 15 Gilead Street, in the Town of Hebron, Connecticut, on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The Special Town Meeting will be adjourned at its conclusion to submit the resolution to be presented to a referendum vote on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Electors shall vote at Hebron Elementary School, 92 Church Street in Hebron.
SHALL THE TOWN OF HEBRON APPROPRIATE $7,600,000 FOR UPGRADES AND IMPROVEMENTS TO THE SANITARY SEWER COLLECTION SYSTEM, AND AUTHORIZE THE ISSUE OF BONDS, NOTES AND OBLIGATIONS IN THE SAME AMOUNT TO FINANCE THE PORTION OF SAID APPROPRIATION NOT DEFRAYED FROM GRANTS?
Frequently Asked Questions
- How old is the sewer system?
Hebron’s sewer system is approximately 28 years old.
- What is the total cost of the project?
Preliminary estimate of $7.6 million.
- Will the project be done in phases and when?
The project will be done in two phases with the first phase starting in Spring 2020 and the second phase starting in approximately 2027.
- Why is the Town paying for the sewer upgrade and not the users again?
The sewer system is a Town of Hebron owned asset. The users paid for the initial infrastructure when the State of Connecticut mandated sewers be installed in Hebron.
- What upgrades are planned for the pump stations for this project?
Upgrades will be comprehensive and include replacement of pumps, valves/valve vaults, piping, instrumentation, electrical panels and control panels. Additionally, new emergency generators will be provided for each pump station. Provisions will be made to protect sensitive equipment on sites that are prone to flooding. Pump stations will be brought up to current building, fire and electrical codes.
- Is there any source of financial assistance for the project (outside of town funds)?
The WPCA has applied for funding under the DEEP Clean Water Fund program. Currently grant funding is not available for pump station upgrades but low interest loans may be available. These opportunities will be revisited in the fall of 2019.