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Geothermal Well Permitting Compliance

Norwood Theatre

The historic Norwood Theatre recently underwent a major renovation and revival into a regional performing arts center that includes sustainable elements.  The building will be heated and cooled by four 1,500 foot deep geothermal wells.  

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Noncontact Cooling Water General Permit (NCCWP) application was prepared by SAK Environmental for Tribeca Builders Inc. who is managing the full renovation of the Norwood Theater. The Theater is a 14,000 square foot facility in downtown Norwood, MA.  The renovation includes the installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system having four (4), 1,500 deep standing column wells as the ground couple. Discharge of the bleed water to the ground on-site is not possible due to space limitations and where the Theater already manages excessive groundwater via a sump pump.   

SAK Environmental also provided feasibility review, pre-construction planning and construction support to permit operation of the system with MADEP and EPA.   Discharge to a surface water body via the municipal storm drain was identified as a viable option, permitting with ongoing monitoring to ensure no thermal or water quality impacts at outfall.   


SAK Environmental, LLC
231 Sutton Street
Suite 2G
North Andover, MA 01845

Phone: 978-688-7804
Fax: 978-688-7801

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