Costly Water Projects Ahead

Water Pipe ThumnST. JOHNSBURY- The St. Johnsbury Select Board discussed ways to fund two town water projects that will cost the town two million dollars. The St. Johnsbury Wastewater Treatment Plant is at risk of a sewage overflow if two water screw pumps are not replaced.

 Developmental Review Board Member Chad Whitehead presented the two water screw pumps during last nights Selectboard meeting, saying that they are at the end of their lifespan. 

The second project involves the reburial of an exposed water pipe in the Moose River. If the pipe is not buried, it is at risk of becoming damaged, and also could result in a fresh-water shortage.  

The towns proposed budget is already $3 million more than last years budget, and with the reburial project costing $800,000 and the water screw pumps costing $1.3 million, there is concern about money. Town Manager John Hall is confident though, that it will be money well spent.

Community members will be able to vote on the issue during Town Meeting Day on March 3rd.