The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced a new Municipal Sewage System Asset Management Program.
The agency is looking to work with for up to twenty volunteer municipalities to help them develop and start implementing their municipal sewage system asset management plan.
The agency has developed the Municipal Sewage System Asset Management Guide and will conduct a 3 year pilot program to test and improve the guide. Municipal sewage system asset management is the practice of managing a wastewater system's critical components, or assets, in a way that protects public health and the environment, while also minimizing the total cost of owning and operating those assets and delivering the desired service levels.
Participating municipalities will work with an environmental engineering firm to complete a municipal sewage system asset management plan as outlined in DEC’s Municipal Sewage System Asset Management Guide and implement the plan for 2 years. Municipalities are expected to provide the state with feedback about many aspects of developing and implementing the municipal sewage system asset management plan.
At the conclusion of the program, the participating municipalities can expect to have a completed municipal sewage system asset management plan and the tools (e.g., computerized asset management system) to implement the plan. There are no out-of-pocket costs to the municipalities for participating in the pilot.
To volunteer for the opportunity to be a part of the pilot program, municipalities must fill out and electronically submit the Municipal Sewage System Asset Management Pilot Program Application.
Additionally, municipalities must submit responses to both of the following data surveys for each wastewater treatment facility in their sewage system to be eligible:
Applications and both data surveys must be submitted by January 20th, 2016.
For more information, visit: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/101419.html or contact Tim Taber, P.E., BCEE at 315-457-5200.