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Funding Infiltration & Inflow (I & I) Reduction on Private Property

by Chris Stamborski 23. July 2014 03:44

Private property is a major source of infiltration/inflow (I & I) entering into dedicated wastewater or sanitary sewer systems. Various efforts are underway in Wisconsin, and nationwide, to not only identify these sources, but develop remedies to reduce the amount of flow entering these systems. An important aspect of these efforts is providing financial assistance to local government for investigation and installation of best management practices. This article will explore some of the ways in which this type of work is either currently being funded, or may be funded, in the future.

In southeast Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) developed a program in 2011 titled “2010-2020 Private Property Inflow and Infiltration Reduction Program.” The program is focused on developing and implementing remedies for I & I from private property sources to reduce the amount of flow that must be stored, conveyed and treated by MMSD.

The MMSD has $62 million budgeted for communities within the district over the 10-year period of the program. Each community is allocated funds based on their proportionate share of billings to the MMSD.  Each community may spend up to 20% of their allocation on investigative activities, with the balance of the funds going towards the implementation of a project. It is important to understand that the actual amount allocated and dispersed to eligible communities is dependent each year on the District’s annual budgeting process and inter-municipal agreements set up prior to the start of any defined project. 

The following tasks (to be completed on private property only) are eligible under MMSD’s program.

  • Disconnection of foundation drains from sanitary sewer
  • Installation of sump pumps related to above foundation drain disconnection
  • Replacement of deteriorated lateral sewers
  • Rehabilitation of deteriorated lateral sewers (i.e. CIPP lining, etc.)
  • Complete disconnection of laterals
  • Installation of privately owned storm laterals to convey stormwater
  • Inspection/investigation costs (i.e. dye testing, CCTV and flow monitoring)
  • Professional services--planning/design, preparation of bidding documents, direct project management
  • Construction inspection costs
  • Public education and outreach

Upon adoption of rule revisions anticipated in spring of 2015, the Clean Water Fund will be another resource for financial assistance for Wisconsin local units of government and sanitary districts for lateral lining work on private property. Lateral lining work on private property is considered an eligible activity under the Clean Water Fund if certain legal requirements are met. If a local unit of government or sanitary district and the homeowner(s) enters into a “limited scope maintenance easement,” the local government is allowed to assume legal rights to reline the private lateral, and thereby, be eligible for Clean Water Fund assistance. The financial assistance would be in the form of a reduced interest loan, or in the case of a municipality meeting financial hardship criteria, a grant.

R.A. Smith National has provided assistance to 22 local governments in Wisconsin, including several utility districts, with either a limited, or comprehensive, sanitary sewer evaluation study (SSES). We serve many of our clients on an ongoing basis as they have repeatedly contracted with R.A. Smith National for a continuum of services.

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Visit our SSES web page to find out more about our SSES services. For more information or to discuss a project need, contact Chris Stamborski, P.E., assistant director of municipal services, at 262-317-3337.

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Clean Water Fund Advisory Group Discusses Priority Scoring System

by Karen Wiesneski 27. March 2014 10:07

The advisory group discussing rule changes to Wisconsin’s Clean Water Fund program met with the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources (WDNR) last week to discuss the program’s priority scoring system.

The WDNR recently completed the scoring of all projects submitted with ITAs (Intent to Apply) and PERFs (Priority Evaluation and Ranking Form) for the current funding cycle. Projects were also scored under proposed ranking methodology for comparative purposes only as part of the rule revision process. (These scores will not be used to rank projects for the current funding cycle.) Scoring results under the existing and proposed methods were compared and modifications made to the proposed system. The advisory group reviewed the proposed methodology and made additional suggestions.

The advisory group and WDNR will hold one final meeting in April. A 30-day public comment period is anticipated in June 2014 with new rules adopted by WDNR before January 2015 in time for legislative review in the spring and rule implementation in summer 2015. WDNR anticipates using the new online submittal process for the 2015 ITA submittals which are due December 31, 2014.

If you have any questions, please contact Robin Schmidt, Chief, Environmental Loans Section, at 608-266-3915 or robin.schmidt@wisconsin.gov.

Click on my blog posts below to catch up on what else the advisory group discussed at each of the two meetings held earlier this year.

Rules to Be Revised, February 4

Deadlines and Eligibility, March 7

Photo at right:  Chuck Pape, civil engineer with R.A. Smith National, is a voluntary member of the advisory group. He has 30+ years of prior experience with WDNR, serving primarily as their first point of contact for all Clean Water Fund projects in southeastern Wisconsin. Chuck’s experience with the existing funding system at WDNR provides a unique perspective on priority scoring and loan eligibility.

 

 

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Clean Water Fund Rules to Be Revised

by Karen Wiesneski 4. February 2014 11:05

An external advisory group formed by WDNR met for the first time this week in Madison to discuss rule changes to WDNR Chapter 162 (Clean Water Fund Program*). The group, comprised of representatives from WDNR, USDA Rural Development, Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District and the consulting engineering industry, is meeting monthly from January through April to discuss items that include, but are not limited to, eligible costs, priority scoring system, MHI (median household income), DBE and the application process. (A separate advisory group has been formed to discuss rule changes to WDNR Chapter 166, Safe Drinking Water Loan Program.)

The tentative schedule for the Clean Water Fund rule revisions includes a 30-day public comment period in June 2014; new rules adopted by WDNR before January 2015 in time for legislative review in the spring; and rules implemented in summer 2015.

A significant change to the Clean Water Fund program is the implementation of an online ITA (Intent to Apply) submittal process to be in place by the fall of 2014.  WDNR anticipates using the new online submittal process for the 2015 ITA submittals which are due December 31, 2014.

A new scoring system that is part of the rule revision process will be in effect after the rules are adopted by the Natural Resource Board (NRB) and approved by the legislature and Governor. This is anticipated to occur in 2015. Once the rules are in effect, the WDNR will begin programming for an on-line self-scoring Priority Evaluation and Ranking Form, to accompany the on-line ITA form.

Chuck Pape, civil engineer with R.A. Smith National, is a voluntary member of the advisory group. He has 30+ years of prior experience with WDNR, serving primarily as their first point of contact for all Clean Water Fund projects in southeastern Wisconsin. Chuck’s experience with the existing funding system at WDNR provides a unique perspective on priority scoring and loan eligibility. Stay tuned for future updates.

If you have any questions, please contact Robin Schmidt, Chief, Environmental Loans Section, at 608-266-3915 or robin.schmidt@wisconsin.gov.

*The Clean Water Fund loans money at reduced interest rates for wastewater and stormwater projects. Hardship financial assistance in the form of a reduced interest rate loan or a grant is provided for municipalities with low income and high user costs. 

 

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