Franklin's Sewer System: Then and Now

  • Sewer Department 1914-1915
    Cover of 1914-1915 Sewer Photo Album
  • Construction of Franklin's Original Sewer Beds
    Construction of Franklin's Sewer Beds located on Pond Street
  • Horses used to bring in fill for the filter beds
    Horses used to bring in fill for the filter beds
  • Horses used to bring in fill for the filter beds
    Horses used to bring in fill for the filter beds
  • Completed Filter Beds
    Completed Filter Beds
  • Rock Crushing and Excavation for Reservoirs
    Rock Crushing and Excavation for Reservoirs
  • Construction of the Reservoirs
    Construction of the Reservoirs
  • Construction of the Beaver Street Interceptor
    Construction of the Beaver Street Interceptor. The houses in background are West Central Street, Panther Way area.
  • Construction of Sewer Mains
    Construction of Sewer Mains. These mains are still in use today!
  • Officials Tour Sewer Main
    Local officials touring an area of sewer main that had to be carved into rock
  • Completed Reservoirs
    Local officials tour the completed reservoirs, prior to bringing them online.
  • The Beaver Street Interceptor today, after clearing in 2015
    The Beaver Street Interceptor today, after clearing in 2015
  • Charles River Pollution Control District
    In the 1970s, the Pond Street Sewer Beds were taken offline, and all of Franklin's sewage was diverted to the Charles River Pollution Control District Facility in Medway. All of Franklin's sewage is still treated there today.

Construction of Franklin's sewer system in 1914-1915.  The Pond Street Sewer Beds were in service from 1915 through the early 1970s, when the Charles River Pollution Control District (CRPCD) was formed.  The CRPCD in Medway now treats all of Franklin's sewage.  The Sewer Beds are no longer in use, but all of the sewer lines shown in these pictures are still in use today!