Monday, June 23, 2014

Eastham's Water System - First Water Is 2016

Eastham's municipal water system, overwhelmingly voted in at the May 5th Town Meeting, now has a timeline and shortly will have detailed maps showing which homes will be able to hook up. That's the good news. The not-so-good news is that it'll be spring of 2017 before 'Phase 1' is fully completed.

I met with Sheila Vanderhoef, the Town Administrator, to review the timeline. The path to water is long and arduous. Permitting should be done by this fall, to be followed by the design and build of the water tower. Actual construction is planned to start next spring with a number of components being done in parallel. Only after the tower is built and pipes laid can water flow to homes. She expects the first homes will have town water by the summer of 2016, with completion a year later. 'Completion' includes the many miles of piping throughout Eastham, providing fire hydrant coverage to 80% or so of the town.

Detailed maps will be available at town hall (and on the town website?) shortly.

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