Boston Water and Sewer Commission, Massachusetts

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The Boston Water and Sewer Commission faces several infrastructure challenges, including the need to upgrade and repair aging pipes and infrastructure, improve stormwater management systems, and address the impact of climate change on the city’s water supply and wastewater treatment facilities. In addition, the Commission must balance the competing demands of providing safe and reliable water and sewer services to residents and businesses while also managing costs and maintaining affordability. The Commission is also working to implement new technologies and strategies to increase efficiency and reduce waste, such as smart water meters and green infrastructure solutions.

Boston Water and Sewer Commission

Sample Highlights from the Capital Improvement Plan

Project ID

Project Title

Project Start Year

Project Description

Project Spend Total

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Project Satus


Water Main Replacement in City Proper


“This project includes the replacement of old
water mains that have reached the end of their useful life and water mains with a history of water main breaks and/or
leaks in City Proper. Construction is projected to commence in January 2024 and be completed by December 2025.
The three-year budget for this project is $1,000,000.”



Not Started


Future CCTV of Sewers & Storm Drains/CMOM


“These projects entail the inspection of sewers and drains through the use of closed circuit TV cameras utilizing the
SCREAM coding system in order to assess the structural condition of the pipes. Approximately ninety (90) miles
annually of various sized pipes will be cleaned and inspected with a goal of completing the entire system over a 10
year period. These contracts complete 60 miles annually. Construction is expected to commence in March 2024
and to be complete by March 2025. The three year budget for this project is $2,000,000.”



Not Started


Sewer R&R South End Phase IV


“This contract includes relay of old water mains
water and sewers. Construction is projected to commence in June 2025 and be completed in November
2026. The three-year budget is $400,000.”



Not Started


Future Emergency Sewer Repair Contracts


The three-year budget is 2,000,000.



Not Started


Design of Stormwater Detention Facilities Phase II


“The Wastewater and Storm Drainage System Facilities Plan
included recommendations for temporary surface storage of stormwater to alleviate the hydraulic stress on the
Commission’s storm drain system from increased rainfall volumes and peak intensities that may be experienced
during future storms. Under Contract 18-206-002, the Stormwater Detention Investigation, identified potential
sites for stormwater storage. The design project will include records research, site investigations, field survey,
permitting and preparation of bid documents for the final design of facilities designed to detain stormwater and
slowly release it into the storm drain system. Construction cost estimates for the new facilities will be developed
as part of the design. The design phase of this project is estimated to commence in October 2024 and is projected
to be completed in August 2025. The three-year budget for this project is $900,000.”



Not Started

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