2019 Rate Proposal

At the request of the Prudential Committee of the Cotuit Fire District, the Cotuit Water Commission authorized a study in 2018 by its consulting engineers Tata & Howard to examine making the Water Department more reliant on revenues from water use (ratepayer base fees and use rates) and less on District taxes.  The study found that Cotuit’s rates are well below those of comparable districts and towns on the Cape.  The Water Commission is proposing an increase in base fees and use for Cotuit homeowners and other water users, beginning July 1, 2019.  The goal is to make the Water Department more self-sufficient for its capital and operational costs.

We are providing a series of informational sessions and materials to explain the proposal.  This postcard will be included with the March 1st bill notifying residents of several opportunities to learn more about the proposed rate structure.  Documents regarding the proposal will be posted here when they are available.  The Water Commissioners will meet again on Wednesday, March 20th at 5:30 pm (location TBD due to pending repairs at Freedom Hall) to finalize the proposal and a public information meeting will be hosted by the Cotuit Civic Association on April 16th at 7:30pm at Freedom Hall in Cotuit.

We encourage you to invite your neighbors and attend these information sessions to learn more about the new rate proposal.

We’re Hiring – Assistant Water Superintendent

The Cotuit Fire District Water Department has a position available for a full-time Assistant Superintendent. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of a High School Diploma or GED Equivalent with a science-based Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree preferred.  The candidate will also have a minimum of 5 years progressively responsible experience in the operations and maintenance of a public/municipal drinking water system.  Significant experience in water operations may be substituted for the minimum educational background.  The candidate must also possess a Class D driver’s license and be certified by the Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure Board of Drinking Water with a minimum of D2 and T1 certifications as well as possess a Massachusetts Backflow Device Tester/Surveyors License.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the overall operations and maintenance of the district’s drinking water distribution and treatment facilities and management of the general water quality programs under the direction of Superintendent and will assist the Superintendent with all day-to-day responsibilities. This is an hourly position, Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and requires administrative and physical work inside and outside in all weather conditions.

If selected for the position the candidate shall undergo a pre-employment physical and CORI check. Salary will be determined based on experience.

The complete job description is available here (Job Description) and is also available at the Water Department office located at 4300 Falmouth Road, Cotuit, MA 02635.  This posting will remain open until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 8th or until the position is filled.  Resumes can be sent to the Water Department office at PO Box 451, Cotuit, MA 02635 or by email to cotuitwd@verizon.net.