The Baker-Polito Administration today awarded $388,000 in grants to 10 communities to complete Asset Management Plans that will enhance the long-term operation and maintenance of their drinking water or wastewater systems. The grant program is being administered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).\n\n\u0022Water infrastructure plays a critical role in the quality of life for our communities, so we must ensure that these systems meet the needs of all of our citizens today and into the future,\u0022 said Governor Charlie Baker. \u0022The grants announced today will help local officials evaluate these systems so that they are prepared for future demands or challenges when residents need them most.\u0022\n\n\u0022Our Administration continues to partner with local water authorities to maintain the quantity and quality of their water resources, so they are clean, healthy and safe for all residents across the Commonwealth,\u0022 said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. \u0022These grants will help Massachusetts communities plan for future needs and be prepared for all contingencies.\u0022\n\nAsset management is important to a public utility, because it identifies critical operational equipment, and outlines a time frame and costs for regular replacement or rehabilitation of a facility. This allows the public utility to minimize debilitating interruptions to the operation of drinking water works, wastewater collection and treatment systems, and stormwater drainage systems.\n\n\u0022The preparation of Asset Management Plans will help recipient municipalities be prepared for any operational scenario,\u0022 said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. \u0022With these grants, public utilities can anticipate budgetary costs for new equipment, provide for the proper upkeep and rehabilitation of their water systems, and minimize critical interruptions to these vital operations.\u0022\n\n\u0022These grants will allow wastewater, stormwater and drinking water system operators to inventory their infrastructure assets and assess the condition of that inventory,\u0022 said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. \u0022Once developed, these plans will assist communities in their efforts to determine what improvements are needed, and to ensure the continued and dependable operation and management of their water systems.\u0022\n\nThe following communities will receive grants for drinking water systems:\n\nBrockton - $40,000\nLeicester - $40,000\nNew Bedford - $40,000\nNorth Sagamore (Bourne) - $40,000\nTurners Falls (Montague) - $40,000\nWareham Fire District - $40,000\nWayland - $36,000\n\nThe following communities will receive grants for wastewater systems:\n\nClinton - $40,000\nEaston - $32,000\nHaverhill - $40,000\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\n\n\u0022Our water infrastructure and resources need to be properly assessed and maintained for ideal operation,\u0022 said Senate President Pro Tempore Marc R. Pacheco (D-Taunton), founding chair of the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change. \u0022These funds will ultimately help our cities and towns meet the Clean Water Act requirements to protect our residents. I\u0027m proud of Wareham\u0027s Fire District for their hard work in developing a water main replacement program.\u0022\n\n\u0022Thank you to the Baker-Polito Administration for continually partnering with local water authorities and officials to better our communities\u0027 access to safe and clean water,\u0022 said State Senator Michael D. Brady (D-Brockton). \u0022Brockton\u0027s grant in the amount of $40,000 will go towards the inventory of Brockton\u0027s drinking water systems treatment facilities, along with a risk analysis program and asset management plan, keeping Brockton prepared for the future demand of clean water throughout our community.\u0022\u00a0\n\n\u0022Water quality is of the utmost importance to Cape Cod communities,\u0022 said State Senator Vinny deMacedo ( R-Plymouth). \u0022This investment by the Baker-Polito Administration in the drinking water of North Sagamore is a necessary and much-appreciated step in the region\u0027s continuing efforts to improve water quality across Cape Cod.\u0022\n\n\u0022Planning is one of the most important undertakings when ensuring the long-term reliability of our infrastructure,\u0022 said State Representative Antonio F.D. Cabral (D-New Bedford). \u0022I am thrilled New Bedford is receiving a grant for this purpose as the city commits to improving our water systems in a myriad of ways.\u0022\n\n\u00a0\u0022The grants announced today will greatly benefit Brockton and Easton,\u0022 said State Representative Claire Cronin (D-Brockton). \u0022The quality of our water and our water infrastructure is critical to the health of our residents and to the economic development of our cities and towns.\u0022\n\nThe Asset Management Plans include required criteria, such as:\n\nAn inventory of the entire water system;\n\tThe development of a criticality rating for certain elements of a system that include replacement costs; and,\n\tA determination of the useful life for system equipment and water works for planned capital projects, with 5- and 10-year asset plans that outline annual line item budget costs and the effect on the water and sewer rates.\nFunds for this program have been made available from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) fiscal year 2018 Capital Spending Plan.\n\nFor more information about the grants and financial assistance related to water quality and watersheds, turn here.