As debate continues in Washington over funding to rebuild the nation’s aging infrastructure, a major project is beginning to improve part of the wastewater treatment system in western Massachusetts.
The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission broke ground Monday to build a new pump station to take wastewater from Springfield and three suburban communities and convey it across the Connecticut River to the regional wastewater treatment plant in Agawam.
Located on York Street in the city’s South End, the new pump station will replace one that is 80-years old. Three new pipes will be laid under the Connecticut River.
The total cost for the project is $115 million.
"The cost of not doing this work is far more than the cost of actually doing it," said Water and Sewer Commission Executive Director Josh Schimmel.