The Sewer Commission oversees:
- the Groton Center Sewer System
- the Four Corners Sewer System
- the regulation of user fees
- the repayment of wastewater system costs
- sewer design, construction, and use
- any other problems or issues regarding the sewer system
The first three-member Sewer Commission was elected at the 1993 annual election, succeeding the former Wastewater Committee, which was an appointed body formed to plan and coordinate the design and construction of the present-day sewer system. The first connection to the sewer system was made in 1989.
Created by Town Meeting in 1985, and now known as the Groton Center Sewer district, it is comprised of Groton Center and the subdivision known as Partridgeberry Woods, added in 1989. In 1996, the Town Meeting voted to authorize an additional line to service approximately a dozen homes on Hollis Street. At various times, the district has been extended by town meeting vote as reflected on the district map.
Under an intermunicipal agreement, adopted in 1987, the Town of Groton purchased capacity at the Pepperell Wastewater Treatment Plant for disposal of sewage produced in the Groton Center Sewer District. Groton contracts with the Town of Pepperell to provide operation and maintenance for the system, including (in 1997) two pump stations; force main; manholes, laterals, and interceptors.
In 2019, the Groton Sewer Commission assumed responsibility to oversee the Four Corners Sewer District. The Four Corners District operates under an intermunicipal agreement with the Town of Ayer, MA for the disposal of sewage produced in the Four Corners Sewer District.
The Commission is served by a part-time hourly office assistant.
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Schedules of Fees and Fines
Sewer usage rates can be found in each district’s regulations. The current rates and fees can be found at
Each district operates under a set of Rules and Regulations as approved by the Groton Sewer Commission. The regulations govern connection fees, usage and other applicable fees and fines, and design and construction regulations within each district. Please note that both districts incorporate the REGULATIONS FOR SEWER DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION TOWN OF PEPPERELL, MASSACHUSETTS ( http://ma-pepperell.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/133) within the District’s regulations.
The sewer districts identify the parcels included in the district. (coming soon)
Guidelines to request extension of a sewer district
Sewer districts can only be extended with a favorable vote of town meeting. The Sewer Commission will hold a public hearing on requests to extend a sewer prior to the town meeting. Please refer to the Sewer District Extension Guidelines for a details on this process.
Application to connect to a sewer system
If applying for connection to either sewer system, an application is required. Please contact the Sewer Commission prior to application for assistance in the process. Please note that the sewer connection fee is due at the time of the application. The costs of design, construction, inspections and usage are the responsibility of the applicant.
Phone: (978) 448-1117
Fax: (978) 448-1123
Hours: M 8:00am - 7pm; T-TH 8:00am - 4:00pm; F 8:00am - 1:00pm
Term In Years: 3
James L. Gmeiner
Term Start: 2019-05-22
Term End: 2022-05-17
Term Start: 2018-05-23
Term End: 2021-05-31
Term Start: 2020-06-09
Term End: 2023-05-16
Groton Sewer Commission Documents