Every summer the population of the Cape Cod vacation town of Falmouth, MA swells from 25,000 to 120,000 people. This used to put an enormous burden on the old pump station that provided the town’s fresh water supply. To accommodate the increased summer demand, a new $42-million water treatment and filtration plant was commissioned.
Responsibility for treating and monitoring this water as well as the city’s wastewater falls on the shoulders of just a handful of city employees. With a large treatment plant, as well as miles of water distribution and wastewater pipes to monitor and maintain, a staff member must be on call day and night.