ORLEANS — Select Board Chairman Kevin Galligan welcomed a crowd of 60 to the Village Green on Tuesday to mark the groundbreaking for Phase 1 construction of the wastewater treatment facility and collection system.
The project has been decades in the making.
Galligan noted that a key milestone was reached when the Orleans Water Quality Advisory Panel — a panel representing eight different groups and organizations — reached consensus in 2015.
“The adults in the room couldn’t get together until we shared our vision for Orleans,” Galligan said.
Protecting the town’s water resources was the one thing everyone could agree on.
“We’re building an equitable and modern public water and wastewater utility in town,” Galligan said. “Clean waters will be our future.”