The long-awaited upgrade project at the Cheshire wastewater treatment plant finally saw the ceremonial shovel in the ground this week, marking the start of the $31.2 million project.
Town and state officials, including state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel Esty, were on hand Wednesday morning to herald the start of the work, which has been in the planning stages for years.
Voters approved the project a year ago. The state is paying a portion of the bill — about $7 million — and the town is bonding the rest.
Actual work on the plant, located at 1325 Cheshire St., is slated to begin Nov. 1 and is going to take about two years to complete. During that time it will continue to operate and officials said they don't foresee any shutdowns.
It's been more than two decades since the facility has seen any work.