The Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) is now requiring that, per CGS § 19a-37e (available on portal.ct.gov), all small community public water systems serving between 25 and 1,000 residents year-round complete a fiscal and asset management plan.
This plan will need to include all capital assets such as wells, storage and hydro pneumatic tanks, pumps, electrical equipment, generators, buildings and structures, chemical feed equipment, and water distribution piping. The plan must be completed and submitted no later than January 1, 2021. Thereafter, it must continue to be updated annually and made available to the CT DPH. You may consider working on this plan now as, due to COVID-19, many schools and public facilities are closed to public, allowing inspections to be performed more efficiently.
Wright-Pierce can help take some of the compliance burden associated with this new requirement off of you and your staff by working with you to develop the plan or providing plan reviews. A well-developed asset and fiscal management plan will allow you or your operator to understand the needs of your water supply system and how to maximize the life and value of its assets. The plan will also enhance your ability as the owner or operator to make sustainable and fiscally responsible decisions regarding your public water system based on the collective understanding of the identified system improvements and their prioritization.
An added benefit to providing CT DPH with your updated plan is that they can provide a low interest loan to help with the financing of the identified improvements. Wright-Pierce can also assist you with the preparation of the CT DPH DWSRF funding applications, if needed.
Please contact us today if you are interested in learning how we can help you develop the newly required asset and fiscal management plan.