Letter: Tiverton sewer study really a misleading sales pitch

Letter: Tiverton sewer study really a misleading sales pitch


To the editor:

The Tiverton Town Council received the study from the Sewer Committee at its last meeting. It was supposed to be a comparative analysis describing the cost difference between a public sewer system and ISDS individual septic disposal system .

We were told it would be a fair comparison but it was more like a sales pitch for public sewers . The cost of ISDS was exaggerated and there was no mention of low interest loans that are available to homeowners. There was no mention of cluster systems where several homeowners share one system saving thousands annually . There are also companies that can bring new life to old systems with chemical treatments and aeration.

The study tried to make it sound like sewers would be cheaper than ISDS. They didn’t mention a lot of extra costs that come with public sewers, or that Fall River can raise rates any time they choose. They left out the cost of a sewer department with employees who want benefits and retirement along with annual pay increases. They will need equipment, trucks and a building to house them along with everything needed to bill the homeowners who live along the lines whether they are tied in or not .

Pump stations need generators in case the power goes out or sewerage will back up. The study didn’t mention the cost for homeowners to hook up to the trunk line in the street. It will cost plenty if the pipe goes out the back of the house . You may need a pump and manhole . You also have to pump the old system and backfill the old tank.

All these details were left out so it would seem that sewers are a cheaper alternative. I hope people will look twice before believing this report. Floating bonds and digging up the roads in your neighborhood is a step in the wrong direction . The cost of a cluster system is tens of thousands cheaper and you know how much it will cost year to year. If you look at towns with public sewers you will see their rates go up each and every year.

Joseph R. Sousa