Nahant gets $1.2 million state loan for water/sewer repair

NAHANT – The Massachusetts Clean Water Board of Trustees awarded the city an approximately $1.2 million low-interest loan for its water and wastewater repair and replacement project.

At the city’s 2021 special meeting, residents voted to authorize borrowing up to $3 million to make the city’s wastewater collection system more reliable and energy efficient. The aim of the repair and renewal work on the sewer system is to prevent the sewer from overflowing and to reduce the ingress of inflows into the sewer system.

At a board meeting Wednesday evening, City Manager Tony Barletta said the Massachusetts State Revolving Fund loan, approved at a 2% interest rate, will go toward the city’s efforts to modernize the Lowlands Pump Station on Ward Road and replace the aging one to replace Force Force power lines at Willow Road and the dam and repair the city’s sewage collection system.

Barletta said the city completed repairs to its mainline in Lynnway last year, allowing it to focus on the second phase of its sewer rehabilitation project – the Lowlands Pump Station.

“With these two contracts we are continuing exactly what was approved at the special city meeting a few years ago,” said Barletta.

Last week, the city hired New Hampshire-based Waterline Industries to upgrade the pump station for about $5.9 million. Barletta said the city estimated the total cost of the project to be about $5.5 million to $6 million.

Barletta said he is pleased the project is currently on budget.

“We got a good price, right in the middle. “Our engineers are extremely pleased with the company that was awarded the contract,” said Barletta. “They said they came to all these pre-construction volunteer meetings, toured our facility and asked some good questions. They have worked with them millions of times and are very happy with this company.”

After an eight-month design and planning phase, Barletta said construction is expected to begin late next summer and continue until late 2024 or early 2025.

“It’s much needed and I’m glad things are coming together pretty well,” said Mark Cullinan, chairman of the Board of Selectmen.

  • Anthony Cammalleri is the Daily Item’s Swampscott and Nahant news reporter. He wrote for Performer Magazine from 2016 to 2018 and has been published in the Boston Globe and Westford Community Access Television News.

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