The Water Quality Management Committee and the Department of Public Works Wastewater Division have been working to prepare a plan to meet the nutrient limits set by the state for Great Pond. A Draft Great Pond Targeted Watershed Management Plan has been provided to the Select Board for consideration at their June 27, 2022 meeting before transmitting to the state (and other distribution) for review. The plan involves expanding the existing sewer collection system in two phases: Phase 1 includes the northeast portion of the Maravista peninsula as well as the Teaticket Path peninsula, and Phase 2 includes the Acapesket peninsula. A lift station and force main would convey the wastewater to the Town's existing main treatment facility, and the Town's northernmost existing open sand beds would be expanded to handle discharge of the treated wastewater. In addition, the plan involves fertilizer management, stormwater management, shellfish aquaculture in Great Pond, and a permeable reactive barrier at Shorewood Drive. The plan also includes consideration of the next phases of nutrient management, in order to meet the nutrient limits for other impacted coastal ponds in Falmouth.
The Little Pond Service Area (LPSSA) Project is complete. The goal of this project was to improve water quality in Little Pond.
Current Wastewater Management in Falmouth
Approximately 11% of the Town's developed properties are connected to the Town's Wastewater System. The remainder of properties in Town have a septic system or cesspool (a few properties have an individual treatment system or are connected to a small private sewer system).