Chepachet Village is a small historic village located in the Town of Glocester, RI. Sitting on the Chepachet River, this village was developed around very small-scale hydro-powered industries and included the classic mix of government, community and service industry buildings found in many thriving 18th and 19th century New England villages. As the village has grown and modernized, infrastructure has been unable to meet many of the service demands for local residents and businesses due to the severe environmental constraints associated with area. High water tables and poorly drained soils make wastewater and stormwater management particularly difficult in Chepachet Village and failed sewage disposal systems and localized flooding are not unusual.
Recognizing the need for a more effective approach to managing water in Chepachet Village, the Town began to examine potential solutions in 2005 through the implementation of several pilot wastewater disposal projects. A copy of those reports can be viewed here or hardcopies are available through the Town’s planning office. Building upon the efforts of that study, the Town has retained the Horsley Witten Group, Inc. (HW) to help devise a more comprehensive approach to managing stormwater and wastewater in the village. Over the course of the next several months, the Town and HW will be reaching out to residents and local business owners through meetings and information published on this website. A survey has also been developed to help us gain an understanding of what residents and business owners feel about fundamental issues that this project will address.
The goals of this project include:
- Educate local stakeholders regarding the different options for wastewater and stormwater management;
- Identify functional and cost-effective improvements for stormwater and wastewater management in Chepachet Village;
- Implement solutions that address the needs of residents, business owners and the natural environment; and
- Develop solutions that respect the historic character of the village while allowing for sustainable increases in economic development.