The Lowell Regional Wastewater Utility is funded entirely by sewer rates from residential and commercial users, intermunicipal funds from neighboring communities that convey their sewer flows to Lowell for treatment (Dracut, Chelmsford, Tyngsborough and Tewksbury), hauled waste from other treatment plants and pre-screened industrial facilities, and these funds are further leveraged through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund that makes low-interest loans available to municipalities for infrastructure reinvestment and capital improvement projects.
We’re always planning ahead to improve our water and wastewater infrastructure. We are currently in the progress of developing Lowell’s first Integrated Plan for wastewater, stormwater and drinking water management. This process is an EPA-approved method for properly balancing the needs of these three critical sectors of water resources infrastructure. More information will be shared here as it becomes available
CSO Long-Term Control Plan
As part of the Integrated Planning process, we’re assessing the total cost required to address CSO’s and an affordable schedule to do so with our current funding. More information will be provided as it becomes available through the planning process with EPA and MassDEP. However, we know now that elimination of CSOs in Lowell will certainly cost more than $100 million. Current funding will require that Lowell bears the full cost of these improvements, and this means it will take decades to eliminate CSOs. The Clean Water Act was federally funded in the 1970s and early 80s, allowing rapid improvements to water quality with the construction of treatment facilities like Duck Island. If you want to see a return to regional funding for CSO elimination, call your legislator now and let them know you support this investment in our clean water infrastructure.