Some “essential questions” to open the conversation

  • With two sources of water – local wells and the MWRA – Needham very rarely encounters water shortages. But there are water supply challenges in our region, and certainly beyond.
    • Should we be more focused on conserving water (and reducing our consumption) even though we have enough for ourselves in Needham?
  • Treating our wastewater is expensive (about ¾ of the average resident’s water bill) and uses a significant amount of energy. Serious environmental damage can be caused when the volume of sewage and water runoff exceeds the capacity of a treatment plant.
    • What are your thoughts about retreating wastewater for use?


  • Cynthia Andre, Babson College
  • Kevin Sheng, Needham High School


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