Norfolk County Commission Greenlights Funds for Medway Water Treatment Plant

(Commissioner Collins, Medway Town Manager & Advisory Board Member Mike Boynton, Chairman Shea, and Commissioner Staiti present a check to the Town of Medway)

July 12, 2022
– Dedham – This week the Norfolk County Commission awarded a $2.5 Million grant from their American Rescue Plan Act Grant Program to the Town of Medway for a water treatment project. Medway currently does not have a central treatment facility but instead performs disinfection at each of its three well sites.
The project calls for the full construction of a water treatment plant on Populatic Street for iron and manganese removal from three well sources which will allow the Town of Medway to consistently deliver clean drinking water in compliance with Federal and State regulations while maintaining an adequate supply for residents.
“Medway has carefully planned and strategically used its full ARPA program award on a facility that will benefit all its residents,” said Commission Chairman Joseph P. Shea (D-Quincy). “This project will ensure clean safe drinking water for generations to come.”
Medway Town Manager Mike Boynton said “The addition of this water treatment facility is a huge improvement in the delivery of high-quality drinking water to our Community. The Town of Medway is most grateful to the County Commissioners and County Administration for their assistance with this funding and their oversight of this important federal program.”
The scope of work will include a GreensandPlusTM pressure filtration system, chemical feed systems, a backwash recycling system, settled solids waste system, baffled clearwell, provisional space for future PFAS treatment equipment, and ancillary equipment and controls.
The project also includes construction of stormwater control systems, site restoration and miscellaneous work and cleanup necessary to provide a complete and fully operational water treatment plant. The building also includes an operations area containing offices, lockers, and toilet facilities with an attached garage.
The Community of Medway will leverage funds from the County ARPA Program, federal infrastructure programs and local borrowing to pay the $ 15-20 Million project price tag.
“The Town of Medway gave us a strong clear proposal which we were happy to approve.” said Commissioner Peter H, Collins  (D-Milton). “It is a testament to the great things that can happen when local, county, and federal government collaborate.”
The Town of Medway is most fortunate to have an outstanding partnership with the County of Norfolk not only as it relates to ARPA, but in all matters that provide services to our constituents.” Said Medway Select Board Chair Dennis Crowley.  “We look forward the enhancements in our drinking water system that this new state of the art facility will bring to Medway.”
Commissioner Richard Staiti (D-Canton) noted that “" The ARPA program is a great example of collaboration between local, county and federal officials to work together in addressing critical areas of need in water, sewer, public health, and other areas of concern, This grant award is a major step in addressing the water infrastructure  needs for the town of Medway”.
At the Annual Town Meeting on May 9, 2022, voters approved funding for the construction of the treatment facility on Populatic Street, as well as additional satellite wells at Oakland and Village well sites and a new water transmission line from Oakland well to the new facility. The project began at the 2018 Annual Town Meeting when voters approved the construction of a transmission line and satellite well at Populatic Street.  Medway residents have previously funded Project Management and Designer Services at the 2019 Annual Town Meeting.
With this final funding in place, the town of Medway can now move to the next phases of the project.