How Long Does A Water Project Take?

Apr 18, 2016

Planning and constructing a water system can be a lengthy process that can take two to as much as seven years to complete depending on many different factors.  The following is the basic process WCSA follows to develop new projects:

1. WCSA is contacted by residents expressing their desire for a water line extension to serve the area.   WCSA identifies one or more of these residents who are willing to serve as “Project Champions”.  The Project Champions volunteer to go door-to-door soliciting User Agreements.  Sometimes this step is in conjunction with or replaced altogether with Community Meeting(s) and Project Mailing(s). 

2. Existing residents interested in water service must sign User Agreements indicating their commitment to purchasing a connection. Currently, more than 50% of the existing residents are required to sign the User Agreement for potential water projects before moving to step 3.  Time to complete varies from one week to one year depending on the project champion and response from residents.   

3. WCSA evaluates the user agreements to define the service area, determine the best means of serving the area, need of the project (contaminated and/or depleted private water supplies) and develops an estimated cost to construct. Time to complete this task varies from one month to one year if an outside consultant is required due to complexity and/or scheduling.

4. WCSA evaluates the proposed project to determine if it is financially feasible to construct the project. Time to complete this task varies from one month to two months.

5. If financially feasible, WCSA begins to identify and solicit funding for the proposed project. Funding offers are reported to the Board of Commissioners and action is required. Time to complete this task varies from six months to several years depending on many factors, some of which include availability of funding, competition for funding, total cost of project, need (mentioned in #3 above) of project and more.

6. When funded, WCSA will design the project or hire a consultant to design, depending on complexity and/or scheduling. Time to complete this task varies from six months to one year depending on complexity and scheduling.

7. When the proposed project is substantially designed, WCSA begins soliciting necessary easements and properties for the project and all required permits and approvals. Time to complete this task varies from six months to one year depending on complexity and/or scheduling.

8. When the proposed project design, easements, permits and approvals are complete, WCSA considers advertising the project for construction bids. Time to complete this task typically takes three to four months.

9. After bids are received for the proposed project they are evaluated by WCSA staff and a recommendation is made to the Board of Commissioners.  Time to complete this task typically takes one to three months.

10. If bids are accepted by the Board a notice to proceed to construction is issued to the contractor(s) and construction begins. Time to complete this task varies from 3 to 12 months.

11. WCSA will notify residents at various points throughout the process.

 



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