Town of Plymouth, Massachusetts

Mayor Kenneth Tavares

Population: 35,913
Service Area Population: 35,913

City Contact:
Eleanor Beth, Town Manager
Town Hall
11 Lincoln St.
Plymouth, MA 02360


The City of Plymouth entered into a 20-year Partnership with USFilter to design, build, finance, and operate a 3-mgd wastewater treatment plant. The Partnership was signed in December, 1999. Customer service, including metering, billing, and collections will remain the City's responsibility. In the $47 million project agreement, USFilter takes the risk on capital equipment, the structural integrity of the facility itself, and regulatory compliance. This Partnership approach, unlike many others, involves a capital investment for a new wastewater treatment facility that will replace an older, existing plant. The older plant will be decommissioned, but will remain part of the system as a pump station.

ESTIMATED/ACTUAL COST SAVINGS— Capital Upgrades, Consumer Rates, and Fees

The capital investment for the wastewater treatment plant is $21 million. The Partnership will save the City an estimated $15 million over the term of the 20-year Partnership. The City will continue to set customer water rates.

No concession fees will be paid by USFilter to the Town of Plymouth.


Seven public employees from the City's existing plant will become USFilter employees. They will be represented by AFSCME, the public collective bargaining unit.

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