- Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Edmund Coletta, MassDEP – Director of Public Affairs
BOSTON — 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).
"Water 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," said Governor Charlie Baker. "The 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."
"Our 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," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. "These grants will help Massachusetts communities plan for future needs and be prepared for all contingencies."
Asset 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.
"The preparation of Asset Management Plans will help recipient municipalities be prepared for any operational scenario," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. "With 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."
"These grants will allow wastewater, stormwater and drinking water system operators to inventory their infrastructure assets and assess the condition of that inventory," said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. "Once 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."
The following communities will receive grants for drinking water systems:
Brockton - $40,000
Leicester - $40,000
New Bedford - $40,000
North Sagamore (Bourne) - $40,000
Turners Falls (Montague) - $40,000
Wareham Fire District - $40,000
Wayland - $36,000
The following communities will receive grants for wastewater systems:
Clinton - $40,000
Easton - $32,000
Haverhill - $40,000
"Our water infrastructure and resources need to be properly assessed and maintained for ideal operation," said Senate President Pro Tempore Marc R. Pacheco (D-Taunton), founding chair of the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change. "These funds will ultimately help our cities and towns meet the Clean Water Act requirements to protect our residents. I'm proud of Wareham's Fire District for their hard work in developing a water main replacement program."
"Thank you to the Baker-Polito Administration for continually partnering with local water authorities and officials to better our communities' access to safe and clean water," said State Senator Michael D. Brady (D-Brockton). "Brockton's grant in the amount of $40,000 will go towards the inventory of Brockton's 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."
"Water quality is of the utmost importance to Cape Cod communities," said State Senator Vinny deMacedo ( R-Plymouth). "This investment by the Baker-Polito Administration in the drinking water of North Sagamore is a necessary and much-appreciated step in the region's continuing efforts to improve water quality across Cape Cod."
"Planning is one of the most important undertakings when ensuring the long-term reliability of our infrastructure," said State Representative Antonio F.D. Cabral (D-New Bedford). "I 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."
"The grants announced today will greatly benefit Brockton and Easton," said State Representative Claire Cronin (D-Brockton). "The 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."
The Asset Management Plans include required criteria, such as:
- An inventory of the entire water system;
- The development of a criticality rating for certain elements of a system that include replacement costs; and,
- A 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.
Funds for this program have been made available from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) fiscal year 2018 Capital Spending Plan.
For more information about the grants and financial assistance related to water quality and watersheds, turn here.