Important Update Phase 1 Sewer Expansion Project

Dear Friends of Tiverton Wastewater District:

We are writing to update you on the status of the wastewater infrastructure projects the Tiverton Waste Water District (TWWD) is planning to undertake shortly.

As you know, TWWD has been working towards installing sewers in the Riverside Drive and Robert Gray Avenue area. In December 2017, after the design work was completed, the District advertised for construction bids for the Phase 1 Project. In response to that invitation to bid, in January 2018 we received 6 bids from qualified contractors. Unfortunately, all the bids came back with a much higher cost than anticipated. The cost of these proposals would not allow the District to award the contract and to proceed to construction.

The TWWD Board of Directors held a meeting on January 22, 2018 and discussed the bids and the District’s options. Proceeding with the project is necessary. Groundwater from non-compliant and failing systems and cesspools threatens our drinking water, ruins the ecology of our Bay, and impacts the beauty, health and prosperity of Tiverton. It’s one of the most critical issues facing Tiverton and we must address it. However, it is also necessary that TWWD conduct itself in an open, transparent, and honest manner and that we keep our word to the residents of the District.

Because the District would not be able to proceed with the project within the “not-to-exceed” costs promised, the TWWD Board of Directors voted to cancel the bids and to redesign the project in a way that would result in lower cost proposals. While the redesign will cause the project to change, the residents of Riverside Drive and Robert Gray Ave will not be impacted by these changes.

We understand that these changes might raise many questions for you. We are committed to supplying you with fast, up to date, and accurate information about the project. The best way for us to be able to do that is through electronic communication. Please visit our website and sign up to receive these updates. It is important that you provide your name, physical address, and email address so that we can insure that you are receiving information about the overall project and about your specific neighborhood area as well. If you are not comfortable signing up via the website, please email your information to info@twwd.org , and we will add you to the list. All of your information will be kept confidential.

Please also feel free to call the office at (401)625-6701.

We thank you for your patience.

Sincerely,

Leroy Kendricks, Chairman Board of Directors