Littleton Common Sewer Feasibility Study Committee

Minutes and Agendas

Listing files in 'Littleton Common Sewer Feasibility Study Committee'

Public Meetings

Meeting to Review RFQ Applicants  - Meeting 1

Applicant Interviews - Meeting 2 

Ranking of Applicants - Meeting 3

RFQ Applicants

Lombardo Associates

Weston and Sampson


Fuss and O'Neill

Charles River Watershed Association

Littleton Case Study
Presentation on Smart Sewering
 - 10/5/2010
CRWA grant letter to Selectmen 
- 10/5/2010

Study Commitee Member Affiliation
Vacant Board of Selectmen
Megan Ford, Chair Citizen at-large 
Vacant Board of Health
Vacant Board of Water Commissioners
Richard Crowley Planning Board
Joe Collentro Permanent Municipal Building Committee
Janet LaVigne Citizen at-large
Vacant Citizen at-large
Vacant Citizen at-large
Vacant Citizen at-large

Littleton Common Sewer Feasibility Study - Updated 1/30/2013

  • Frequently Asked Questions -  January 30, 2013 - click here
  • Charles River Watershed Association Map of Soil suitability score for groundwater infiltration and potential locations for the LCSFSC's second round of soil sampling -  Click Here   
  • Full Test Pit Report  - 11/20/2012    
  • Soil Suitability Assessment Summary  -  11/20/2012    (RFQ Reference Doc 2)      
  • Scope of Services - CWRA Consulting Services - Littleton Smart Sewering Project  (RFQ Reference Doc 1)               

Littleton Common Sewer Feasibility Meeting being held on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 will be recorded by Littleton Community Television and will be shown on Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 7:00 PM and on Friday, August 24, 2012 at 9:00 AM.  

Littleton Common Sewer Feasibility Study Public Forum. The Littleton Common Feasibility Study Committee hosted a public forum on the sewer study on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. See the PowerPoint presentation from the public forum  The study committee is sent out a letter inviting a preliminary indication from all owners of property in the study area (Littleton Common zoning Area A and Area B) about whether they would be interested in connecting their property to a sewer if it were available.   Please email your comments and questions to 

Littleton Common Smart Sewering Strategy Report. On December 19, 2011, the Board of Selectmen voted to authorize the Littleton Common Sewer Feasibility Study Committee to proceed with a public forum and other measures to disseminate information about its report and recommendations, to elicit further comment thereon from affected businesses and property owners, from town boards and departments, and from the general public. See slides presented.  Read the full 207-page report.  Read the executive summary.

In the winter of 2011-2012, the Town will complete a feasibility studyfor a “smart sewer” to promote economic development at Littleton Common. The study is funded in part by a grant from the Barr Foundation, through the efforts of the Charles River Watershed Association. Littleton would like to promote economic development and more amenities in its village center while at the same time discouraging suburban sprawl elsewhere. Called “smart sewering,” the plan calls for phasing of the limited town sewer system over time, reducing upfront capital investment, and delivering added capacity as growth occurs. It also reduces the risks of the investment in case projected growth is slower than anticipated, or does not occur at all. Further, the plan calls for a public/private partnership to design, build, and operate the plant, allowing for broad options in acquiring necessary construction capital. Finally, the plan calls for the use of wastewater, septage, and food waste to generate energy, and for the discharge of treated wastewater effluent back to the ground in the “sub-watershed” where it was originally pumped for drinking water supply and/or direct reuse of nonpotable water for toilet flushing, cooling and irrigation. The sale of produced energy and the sale of produced nonpotable water will improve overall operating efficiency and help reduce the long term operating cost of the plant. The discharge of treated effluent back to the general area from which it was pumped will help protect the town in the face of significant drought. Smart Sewering represents a paradigm shift from conventional sewering, and achieves affordable limited sewer districts with additional economic, environmental, and social benefits.

Sewer Survey. Thanks to those who took the Smart Sewer Survey . We had over 200 responses by the July 6th deadline. Read more about Smart Sewering for Small Communities.

Sewer Documents. Read Statement of Work adopted by the LCSFSC on August 25, 2011. Read preliminary results of sewer survey and consultant's progress report. The Littleton Common Sewer Feasibility Study Committee hosted a workshop on Thursday, May 26, 2011 beginning at 12:30 PM. See the LCSFSC's preliminary presentation to the Board of Selectmen on March 28, 2011. 

On May 10, 2010, the Board of Selectmen voted to establish a Littleton Common Sewer Feasibility Study Committee to work with consultants to identify needs and alternatives, and to define the scope of the study, which was funded by Article 6 of the May 3, 2010 Special Town Meeting. The eleven-member committee is comprised of representatives from the Board of Selectmen, Board of Water Commissioners, Board of Health, Planning Board, Permanent Municipal Building Committee; and six citizens at-large.

Funding a sewer feasibility study for Littleton Common was one of the recommendations made by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in the January 2010 report it issued in connection with theLittleton Common Overlay District Study that's been underway for more than a year. The zoning amendments approved by the May 3, 2010 Special Town Meeting indicate what uses the Town wants to see. The sewer feasibility study can then help us to identify what infrastructure improvements we’ll need to help bring that vision about. MAPC’s report said, “As part of planning for the zoning bylaw revisions, Littleton has defined the land uses it desires in the three Village areas. Defining the land use controls is the preliminary step needed before undertaking a sewer feasibility study. The Board of Selectmen could appoint a Committee to work with consultants to identify needs and alternatives and to define the scope of the study.”

On October 18, 2010, the Board of Selectmen voted to accept the donation of services for the Littleton Common sewer feasibility study project from the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) from a $100,000 grant to assist the Town of Littleton in developing water infrastructure that will promote economic development consistent with the town’s character, subject to the scope of services being finalized by the Littleton Common Sewer Feasibility Study Committee and CRWA. CRWA's $100,000 grant is funded by the Barr FoundationUPDATE - CRWA's request for proposals  for economic analysis to support the feasbility study.

On October 5, 2010, the Charles River Watershed Association had made a presentation on "smart sewering"and announced the grant. Following the presentation from CRWA, the Littleton Common Sewer Feasibility Study Committee unanimously voted to recommend that the Board of Selectmen vote in principle to accept the grant-funded services from CRWA, with the understanding that the Study Committee and CRWA will be finalizing the scope of work.

  The proposed study area is Littleton Common. The May 3, 2010 Special Town Meeting adopted Zoning Amendments for Littleton Village Common District (Area A) and Littleton Village Overlay District West-Beaver Brook Area (Area B).


Project Scope. The scope of this preliminary analysis would include estimating current and future capacity needs; estimating sizing needs for leaching area and treatment system; identifying feasible disposal sites; summarizing potential types of systems, based upon pollutant removal requirements or needs; analyzing permitting options (such as a public sewer versus a privately-owned package treatment plant); and estimating approximate costs for design, construction, permitting, and operation & maintenance.   


Additional Links

Contact Information

Keith A. Bergman, 
Town Administrator

Littleton Town Offices, Room 306 
37 Shattuck Street, P.O. Box 1305, Littleton, MA 01460

Phone: 978-540-2460