Main content

Waitsfield Community Wastewater Project

Responsive Embedded YouTube Video

Why: Goals of the project

  • Protect water quality in the Mad River
  • Safeguard human health near water wells
  • Ease economic burdens of septic system replacements
  • Expand housing options and boost economic activity
  • Preserve historic settlement patterns
  • Build and maintain a modern wastewater system with affordable user rates at no cost to taxpayers.

What: Components of the Wastewater System

A municipal wastewater collectiontreatment, and disposal system. Estimated cost: ~ $15 million.

  • Wastewater Collection
    • Serving Irasville & Waitsfield Village
  • Treatment & Disposal 
    • Multi-stage treatment and in-ground disposal of 89k gallons per day at the town-owned Munn Site

How: Necessary Steps

Progress to Date

Planning and design have been ongoing since 2021, transitioning into Final Design in January 2024. All work to date has been funded through state and federal sources (~$400k) at no cost to taxpayers.

Construction & Operation

Construction and operation of the system is designed to not burden Waitsfield taxpayers. Instead, the cost will be shared by users after deducting grants. The Town is actively pursuing federal and state grants, along with a federal loan to be repaid through affordable user rates.

Bond Vote

A positive bond vote on 6/11/24 for the full project cost ($15 million) is required to secure the maximum amount of state and federal funding. This funding is necessary to achieve project goals of affordable user rates and ensuring no taxpayer impact beyond connections to municipal properties.

Questions or comments?

If you have questions or comments about the Waitsfield Wastewater Planning Project, please contact Wastewater Project Manager, Annie Decker-Dell’Isola, via email at wastewateradmin@ or (802) 496-2218 ext. 4.

Additionally, please consider joining us at one of four Coffee Hour Open Houses at Three Mountain Cafe, from 10:30am to 12:00pm on Friday May 17th, May 24th, May 31st, or June 7th. A member of the wastewater project team will be there to disucss the project and answer any questions you might have!

Recent Meetings

May 8, 2024