This is also
to this memo. Additional information relating to three key areas of the 2015 Recommended Budget is detailed below:
As part of the Capital Improvement Program study session on Aug. 12, staff presented proposed increases of 5 percent in the water fund, 25 percent in the wastewater fund, and 71 percent in the stormwater/flood management fund. Additional investment focused on rehabilitating aging infrastructure to improve system resilience and expediting flood mitigation efforts along the city’s 15 major drainageways. The study session discussion centered primarily on the city’s aging wastewater collection system. The majority of that system was constructed during the 1950s and 1960s using vitrified clay pipe (VCP) which was the standard at that time. Larger diameter “interceptor” pipes were constructed using reinforced concrete pipe (RCP), which post flood inspections identified to have evidence of severe corrosion. The city has historically invested approximately $500,000 per year in rehabilitation efforts to reduce leakage of stormwater and groundwater into these pipes and to restore structural integrity. At the current funding level, it would take approximately 90 years to rehabilitate all VCP and RCP pipe in the system. The Water Resources Advisory Board recommended a 25 percent rate increase, which included funding to complete this in effort in approximately 20 years. During the study session, several City Council members expressed an interest in considering a more aggressive approach to rehabilitation and construction of improvements identified in the 2009 Wastewater Collection System Master Plan. In response to City Council feedback, two additional wastewater collection system rehabilitation scenarios have been analyzed, including impacts to customer rates. A slightly more aggressive 30 percent scenario and a very aggressive 50 percent scenario were considered to provide a broad spectrum of potential options. While rehabilitation of aging wastewater pipes is an important component of efforts to reduce the risk of wastewater backups during major rainfall events, maintaining an effective balance of capital investment, assessment and planning, operations and maintenance, and programs focused on privately owned system components is likely to support greater progress toward desired outcomes. In addition to the analysis of increased capital investment in pipe rehabilitation, a package of broader recommendations has been developed that seeks to better address concerns with wastewater system reliability through strategic investment in all three utility enterprises. Wastewater Collection System and Interceptor Rehabilitation – Preliminary CIP Scenario The wastewater collection system and interceptor rehabilitation program presented to City Council in August was based on the draft Utilities CIP and associated rate increases considered by the Water Resources Advisory Board in June. The program contained four primary components:
Cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP) lining program for small diameter sewers
Tier 1 recommended projects from the 2009 Wastewater Collection System Master Plan (WWCSMP)
Rehabilitation of the large diameter concrete pipes (interceptor sewers) whose condition was found to be significantly compromised by internal corrosion.
Sanitary sewer manhole rehabilitation