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WWTF Upgrade & West River Pump Station Replacement Projects
Contact TypeContact Information
Benn S. Sherman, P.E.
Director of Pubic Works
Jim Legg
Wastewater Operations Supervisor
Wastewater Treatment Facility
80 River Road
Uxbridge, MA 01569
Monday-Friday 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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DPW Project Team
Benn S. Sherman, P.E.
Jime Legg
Wastewater Operations Supervisor
Laurie Toscano
Owner's Project Manager
Sandy Tripp
Project Designer
Water & Sewer Commissioners
Justin Piccirillo-Chair
Peter Baghdasarian
Jeffrey Shaw
Jim Hogan
Jen Modica
WWTF Building Committee
Dale Bangma, Chair
Dan Hicks
Bill Kessler
Joe Marchand
Eugene O'Rouke
Project Background & Issues
The Town of Uxbridge operates a wastewater treatment facility (WWTF) which was constructed in 1979. The only upgrade to the facility since its original construction has been the installation of a lime tower in 2007.

The facility was previously operated under National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit No. MA0102440 dated September 1999. The Town was issued a new, more stringent permit in 2013 (Permit No. MA0102440). Because certain conditions within the permit cannot be met with the WWTF’s existing infrastructure, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency(USEPA) issued an Order for Compliance on Consent – Docket No. 14-003 (Consent Order) in June 2014. The Consent Order provides a schedule by which the Town is to come into compliance with the new permit and provides interim limits that must be met while the planning, design, and construction of upgraded facilities at the WWTF are underway. The recently issued permit also requires that the Town complete a comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan (CWMP) and submit the final draft to USEPA in December 2015.

Project Description
The Town is currently implementing the recommended plan presented in the CWMP.  These improvements include, but are not limited to, inclusion of new treatement processes, upgrades to existing tankage and replacement of mechanical systems.  All of these improvements will be completed while the plant continues to operate.

The West River Pumping Station is a buried pump station that is located within the 100 year flood zone. The existing equipment is over 30 years old, well past its useful life and has a very large operations and requires a very large operations and maintenance effort from the operators. During a recent flooding event, water was observed entering the station through conduits. The structural integrity of the steel station is unknown, and it is recommended that the station be replaced in its entirety.

Without upgrading the facility, the Uxbridge WWTF will not be able to meet its new permit limits and will continue to contribute to the degradation of the Blackstone River and Narragansett Bay. The project is currently anticipated as a two phased approach-the West River Pumping Station Replacement and the WWTF upgrade.

Project Schedule

        Draft Permit
        Final Permit                                                    
        Consent Order
June 2013
Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan (CWMP):
November 2011 to September 2016
June 2015 to February 2017
Construction NTP:
June 2017
Substantial Completion:
December 2019
June 2020

Detail Detail
Town of Uxbridge, 21 South Main Street, Uxbridge, MA 01569
Phone: (508) 278-8600