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The 192nd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, wastewater generated from Caritas Southwood Hospital, a Massachusetts corporation located primarily in the town of Norfolk, may be discharged to the sewerage system of the town of Walpole, a political subdivision listed in subsection (c) of section 8 of chapter 372 of the acts of 1984 and a member of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. Such wastewater discharged from the hospital to the town of Walpole shall be metered at the Walpole municipal boundary and charged at a user's rate set by the Walpole sewer and water commission.

The connection authorized hereunder shall be sized for and limited to use by Caritas Southwood Hospital, for as long as it remains a primary care hospital, and such additional users in the town of Walpole as the town of Walpole may authorize in accordance with law. Said connection and any discharges into said connection shall be subject to the said direction, control and regulation of the authority pursuant to the provisions of chapter 372 of the acts of 1984, and subject to the applicable rules and regulations of the town of Walpole. The authority may charge the hospital for all expenses and costs of said connection and for sewer services it provides to the hospital and may require other terms and conditions applicable to such connection and the provision of sewer services as determined by the authority. The town of Walpole may charge the hospital for any expenditures made to increase the size of the sewer lines down gradient of said connection as required to carry the additional flow generated by the hospital. No charges or expenses related to the connection and provision of sewer services authorized herein shall be the responsibility of the town of Norfolk. The connection authorized herein shall be subject to review and approval by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority and to the issuance of such permits and approvals by any other agency, regulatory body, authority, or political subdivision, including but not limited to the town of Walpole, as may be required by law to establish said sewer connection.

Approved January 15, 1999.