Departments: Sewer Commission
|| Term Expires
|Michael A. Salerno
|Edward F. Monahan
The Hingham Sewer Commission provides sewer service to approximately 2500 residences and/or businesses in the North Sewer District (NSD) and 180 residences and/or businesses in the Weir River Sewer District (WRSD). We currently maintain about thirty miles of sewer pipe and 13 pump stations.
The town is broken down into two separate sewer districts:
The North Sewer District has approximately 2500 businesses and residences connected to it, this flow goes directly to the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority.
The other district in town is the Weir River Sewer District. There is sewer service provided for approximately 275 houses in the West Corner section of Town. The flow from this district, combined with the flow from approximately 300 houses in Cohasset goes to the Wastewater Treatment Plant in Hull.
Bills are sent to sewer users twice a year. The fall bill is a minimum of $160.00 or the cost of usage based on the first two quarters of water consumption, whichever is greater. The spring bill is based on actual water consumption for the entire previous calendar year adjusted for any payment made in the fall. The sewer use fee for Fiscal Year 2013 was $9.10/100 CF of water in the North Sewer District and $8.50/100 CF in the Weir River Sewer District.
Billing is based upon 100% of water use however, the use of dedicated meters to measure non-sewer deposited water for consumption adjustment is allowed when permitted through the sewer department.
Online bill payment is now available!
Connection of sump pumps to the sewer system is strictly prohibited. Sump pumps contribute substantially to excess water (I & I or Inflow and Infiltration) in the system and add to the annual user fees in the NSD and may result in heavy fines in the WRSD.
Those considering purchasing a home in Hingham will want to have any illicit sump pump connections identified and re- routed before purchase. The Commission will re-route existing sump pumps at no charge to the owner. Please leave a message at (781) 740-0166 to arrange for participation in this project.
2012 Annual Report
In calendar 2012 transition continued to be a theme for the Sewer Department. While the composition of the Sewer Board remained the same with the re-election of Commissioner Michael Salerno in April, other changes in personnel occurred. After 25 years with the Department, Sewer Supervisor Jim Dow left Hingham to take advantage of other opportunities. Pump Station Operator Stephen Dempsey was appointed interim Supervisor in his absence. In addition, long time Sewer Department employee Ed Hunnefeld transferred to work directly for the DPW while DPW employee, Jim Aftosmes, took over Ed’s position with the Sewer Department. These shifts in staffing are consistent with the goal of increasing efficiencies through cross-training to allow labor-sharing between departments. In addition to personnel changes, it was decided to physically move the administrative functions of the Sewer Commission to the DPW facility in Bare Cove Park in early 2013. This move is expected to allow for labor-sharing in the office as well as the field. DPW Superintendent Randy Sylvester estimates that a savings of over $12,000 has been realized in vehicle maintenance alone during the year.
Transition, or the process of change, was evident in other facets of the Commission’s sphere as well. Article 37 of the 2012 Town meeting unanimously approved the expansion of the Industrial/Office Park Sewer District. This is expected to “attract low-impact growth that has the potential to yield significant, long-term revenue for the Town”. Article 38 dealt with the extension of the municipal sewer system to include the properties on Ship and Cottage Streets. The reasons for requesting this extension included “aging septic systems, the sanitary, environmental, and economic benefits of connecting to the sewer, the ability to bypass Title V, and the ability to make certain property modifications currently limited by the size of permitted septic systems”. Town Meeting passed that Article with a two thirds standing vote and the Commission, through its engineers, proceeded to apply for the necessary DEP Sewer Extension Permit.
The upgrading of the operating systems of the grinder pumps in the Weir River Sewer District continued in 2012, and the final turnover of ownership of the systems to homeowners was completed.
While some aspects of the Sewer Department’s organization, composition, and responsibilities have shifted, the department’s key goals and objectives remain unchanged: to provide the best service at the most reasonable rates to its ratepayers. To that end the department continued to up-grade its infrastructure with two new pumps at the South Street station and the rebuilding of one pump at the Broad Cove station. Repairs were made following a break on Kimball Beach Road. As always, pump stations were checked daily and flows in certain parts of the system were monitored.
Other areas of concern that have not changed are the excess inflow and infiltration (I/I) and the fats, oils, and grease (FOG) entering the system which cause excessive wastewater treatment and repair costs. These costs represent over 70% of the total Sewer Department budget and it is imperative to keep these costs in check in order to keep the sewer use rate down. Homeowners in the sewer districts who use sump pumps can aid the effort to reduce I/I by contacting the Commission to have their pumps checked. Any flow found entering the sewer system will be redirected, at no cost to the property owner. While there is a program to reduce or eliminate FOG from non-residential cooking establishments, individuals can help to alleviate this problem as well. The Sewer Commission requests that residents refrain from putting any fatty substances into their drains. Your assistance in these areas is greatly appreciated.
As always we want to thank our maintenance staff and our office staff for their dedication and hard work.
Michael A. Salerno, Chairman
Edward F. Monahan
Randy Sylvester, DPW Superintendent