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Waitsfield Community Wastewater Loan Program Development and Implementation

Following a failed bond vote at Town Meeting in March 2008 for a proposed centralized wastewater collection, treatment, and dispersal system to serve Irasville, the Town of Waitsfield’s Planning Commission appointed a Wastewater Committee to undertake a decentralized wastewater study funded by a FY10 Municipal Planning Grant from the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA). Stone was initially retained by the Committee using grant funding to update an existing (2001) survey of property owners and to consider decentralized wastewater treatment options for the Historic Waitsfield Village and Irasville areas, located along Vermont Route 100. This effort was undertaken in recognition that a centralized wastewater treatment solution was unlikely to move forward, but that significant wastewater treatment and capacity challenges still existed in the two village areas. With the committee members, Stone explored options for using a decentralized approach to wastewater management in a situation where the high costs of centralized wastewater systems have created barriers to implementation.