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Town of Marblehead
Abbot Hall
188 Washington Street
Marblehead, MA 01945
SESD Pipeline Project
In March, 2013, a breach was discovered in one of the pipelines that runs under Salem Harbor and carries the Town's sanitary wastewater from Marblehead to the South Essex Sewerage District's (SESD) treatment facility in Salem. The breached line was immediately taken out of service.

An assessment was done to evaluate the condition of the breached pipeline and of a second pipeline located next to it. The pipelines showed extensive deterioration and it was recommended that both the 20-inch line and 24-inch line be replaced.

SESD put the project out for design and began the lengthy process of obtaining the numerous federal, state and local permits that were required before the project could proceed.
The final approval was received and the work commenced in February, 2015.

More information on the Pipeline Replacement Project can be found at Pipeline Project Scope and Description.

Pipeline Project Receives National Public Works Project of the Year Award
The South Essex Sewerage District (SESD) recently announced that Marblehead's Sewer Pipeline Replacement Project has been nationally-recognized as the 2016 Public Works Project of the Year in the Environmental Category for the $5 million to $25 million Project Division. The nomination was supported by the New England Chapter of the American Public Works Association.

The Award will be presented at the American Public Works Association Meeting to be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota August 28-31, 2016. More information on the Award will be posted to this website after it is presented. In the meantime, the 2016 Public Works Project of the Year Award Nomination Form and Supporting Documentation can be found at this link.

Project Video
A video was produced to document the process of this impressive project. This video shows parts of the preliminary investigative work and the construction contract that followed in the Winter/Summer of 2015. To view the video, please click here: