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DATE: October 15, 2013

NHDES Winnipesaukee River Basin Program Capital Improvements Plan for 2013 Adopted

Franklin, NH - The Winnipesaukee River Basin (WRBP) Advisory Board recently voted to adopt the WRBP Capital Improvements Program (CIP) Capital Improvements Plan, 2013 Edition. The Plan is updated annually by WRBP Staff and the Advisory Board’s CIP Subcommittee, prior to its re-adoption by the WRBP Advisory Board. The CIP ranks Capital Projects having a dollar value of $50,000 or greater by their priority in relationship to other identified projects over a 10-year projection period. This 2013 update is representative of the ongoing collaboration between the WRPB Advisory Board and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) WRBP Staff.

The WRBP is a state owned and operated regional sanitary sewer system. Its facilities and infrastructure includes an extensive sewer collection system, 14 pumping stations and the Franklin Wastewater Treatment Plant. The system was constructed in the late 1970’s and serves ten member communities and one state agency. The program provides sewer disposal for an estimated 14,500 sewer hookups/connections throughout the Lakes Region including commercial, residential, industrial and municipal customers. These customers, also known as ratepayers, support the WRBP by providing the revenue necessary to maintain and operate the entire system and to fund the replacement of capital items by means of sewer fees which are charged by each member community to its customers.

Over the past several years, the WRBP has replaced several major components at the Franklin wastewater plant. This has been necessary because, at thirty plus years old, much of the WRBP infrastructure, facilities and equipment are nearing the end of their useful life. The CIP helps to ensure that a deliberative review process is in place whereby priority projects proceed in an orderly fashion so as not to unexpectedly affect sewer rates. It will be a working document and valuable tool which will assist NHDES, WRBP Staff and the member communities long into the future.

In reflecting on the CIP process, Brian Sullivan, Franklin’s Director of Municipal Services, who currently serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board and CIP Subcommittee said; “The Advisory Board would like to recognize the hard work demonstrated by the entire WRBP Staff towards keeping the various types of equipment in superb working order thus increasing the longevity of our assets. Also thanks to the Administrative Staff of WRBP for guiding the CIP Subcommittee through our second year of this effort.”

For more information on the Capital Improvements Program or to obtain a copy of the document, please contact your Sewer Provider or the NHDES WRBP or visit the WRBP website at

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