Departments: Sewer Commission
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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 $175.00 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 2014 is $9.25/100 CF of water.
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.
2014 Annual Report
Calendar year 2014 was a very productive year for the Sewer Department. The transition is complete and the Sewer Department is now permanently located at the DPW offices. The Board of Sewer Commissioner's underwent several changes in 2014 that began with the untimely passing of Ed Monahan. Ed Monahan's vacancy was filled with the election of Eric Gondveer. Robert Higgins was appointed to replace Michael Salerno who had to move on from Sewer Commissioner due to promotion and added responsibilities of his employer. Kenneth Johnson was appointed to replace Eric Gondveer who resigned and moved out of town to pursue other endeavors. The current Sewer Commission now consists of Commissioner Edmund Demko, Commissioner Robert Higgins, and Commissioner Kenneth Johnson.
The Sewer Department continued to upgrade its infrastructure to keep in stride with our Asset Management Program by installing the second of two new pumps at Broad Cove Station. Bel Air Station had two new check valves installed. Malcolm Street Station had two new pumps, check valves, and a heater installed. Walton Cove Station had the wet well modified to increase flow to the station. South Street Station had a new fuel tank for the generator installed. New heaters were installed at the Howe Street, Bradley Woods, and Weir River Stations.
Another important station modification of 2014 took place at the Weir River Station. The pumps, rails and discharge piping was replaced and upgraded. This Station had repeatedly gone into high level alarm due to high flow and worn equipment. This station is now operating efficiently and without alarms. It should be noted that the cost of Weir River Stations modifications are shared with the Town of Cohasset.
In 2014, the Sewer Department crew painted both the Weir River Station and the Mill Street Station.
The Sewer Department also contracted out three "On-Call" Service contracts to keep in stride with the Asset Management Plan. These contracts are for Camera Inspections, Trenchless Sewer Repairs, and Dig Sewer Repairs.
Shortly after the contracts were awarded, the force main from Broad Cove Station broke under Lincoln Street at Langlee Road. The On-Call service contract allowed the Sewer Department to react quickly to the emergency and repair the force main in a timely fashion. Additionally, 100' of cured-in-place lining was installed under the trenchless repair "On-call" contract.
Under the comprehensive long term Inflow and Infiltration (I/I) and Asset Management Plan, approximately 10,000 feet of pipe was inspected that resulted in several trenchless repairs. These repairs mitigated approximately 15,000 gallons per day of ground water entering into the Sewer system.
Nearly 2000 feet of Sewer easement clearing was performed in 2014. The Nokomis-Downer Ave Easement was clear cut to its original 20 foot width and the manholes within were rehabilitated. All the manholes from Beach Lane to Bel Air Station, in the beach easement, were raised above high water mark and waterproofed. This will allow for future access and maintenance.
These efforts will continue well into the future to save the ratepayers money in pumping and electric costs. Homeowners in the sewer districts who use sump pumps can aid the effort to reduce I/I by contacting the Sewer Commission to have their sump pumps checked. Any flow found entering the sewer system should be redirected.
The Sewer Department continues to work alongside the Board of Health enforcing the Town Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) Regulation. Inspections of the grease traps in all food establishments connected to the municipal sewer were performed to locate sources of FOG in the system. Camera inspections of the lines in the streets were performed to provide additional information and pinpoint any problem areas. The Sewer Department has purchased a push camera in 2014 to perform some of these FOG inspections, along with I&I investigation. The Sewer Commission requests that residents refrain from putting fatty substances into their drains.
Ship and Cottage Street Sewer Extension has been installed and put into service. Residents in that area have already begun to connect to the sewer system.
The Sewer Commission has also made continuing efforts to consolidate existing special acts and policies and to develop an application process for future sewer expansion projects and develop a sewer betterment calculation policy. The Sewer Commission is working with and finalizing the development of the policy consolidation with Weston & Sampson Engineers, Inc.
As always we want to thank our maintenance staff and our office staff for their dedication and hard work.
Edmund Demko, Chairman
Randy Sylvester, DPW Superintendent