SYSTEM EXPANSION

Goal: To provide MWRA water to new communities/entities in need of high quality water while offsetting cost for existing MWRA water system customers.


May 2017 – Advisory Board Recommends 3.19% Increase in MWRA Community Assessments

This May 2017 installment of News and Notes highlights the Advisory Board’s recommendation for a 3.19% rate increase for FY18, down from the Authority’s 3.79% recommendation. Details can be found in the Advisory Board’s Comments and Recommendations....

May 2017 – Advisory Board Recommends 3.19% Increase in MWRA Community Assessments

This May 2017 installment of News and Notes highlights the Advisory Board’s recommendation for a 3.19% rate increase for FY18, down from the Authority’s 3.79% recommendation. Details can be found in the Advisory Board’s Comments and Recommendations. Ot read more


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FY 2016 Q2 Goals
  • Present and vote a policy for Direct Source Water rate to Operations Committee, Executive Committee, and full Advisory Board.
  • Begin staff-to-staff discussions on Water Capacity Insurance methodology.
  • Continue working with North Reading, Ashland, and SouthField on their efforts to join the MWRA water system.

September 2016

  • Executive Committee/Advisory Board voted approval of providing SouthField with MWRA water conditional upon all regulatory requirements.
  • Agreed to present/answer questions about joining MWRA water system. at October North Reading’s Town Meeting
  • Met with representatives of Reading and North Reading regarding receiving MWRA water.

August 2015

  • One staff-to-staff meeting to discuss information gathered to determine next steps for Direct Source water rate.
  • Met with representatives of SouthField to discuss joining MWRA water system.

July 2015

  • Two staff-to-staff meetings to discuss parameters and information needed for Direct Source water rate calculation.
Prior Activity

June 2015

  • Staff presented to the Board of Directors on various options to generate revenue for the water system, including creating a rate methodology for untreated or “Direct Source” water, and developing a Water Capacity Insurance program for non-member communities to provide MWRA water as a backup water supply.

March 2015

  • Worked with Ashland and Hingham to discuss next steps on joining the system.

January 2015

  • Approved Dedham/Westwood increased withdrawal amount.
  • Met with North Reading.

December 2014

  • Voted to increase Dedham-Westwood Water District contract

November 2014

  • Met with Tri-Town and Secretary of Environmental Affairs Maeve Bartlett to review status of negotiations.
  • MWRA Board of Directors voted to accept Advisory Board recommendations on entrance fees.
  • Ashland Town Meeting failed to receive two-thirds majority to purchase MWRA water.

July 2014

  • Infrastructure Bill provides authorization for 50/50 match for entrance fees and principal-forgiveness for connection costs.

June 2014

  • Reaffirmed requirement for entrance fees.“

May 2014

  • May Green Sheet provides a history of the MWRA Waterworks System and explains Entrance Fee methodology.

December 2013

  • Voted emergency water connection for Ashland

November 2013

  • Voted emergency water connection for Hudson.

Prior

  • Revisited entrance fees and developed new methodology.
Comments and Recommendations History

FY 2016 (printed June 2015)

  • The Advisory Board recommends that the Authority convene a working group to develop an appropriate rate structure for Direct Source Water. Further that the recommendation of the working group be brought to the Operations Committee and full Advisory Board for a vote as a new admission policy for the MWRA. (Page 100; #28)
  • The Advisory Board recommends that a working group be convened to discuss a methodology for structuring Water Capacity Insurance to be offered to non-member communities, including members of the Advisory Board, as well as staff from both MWRA and the Advisory Board. Further, that the recommendation of this working group be brought to the Operations Committee and full Advisory Board for a vote as a new admission policy for the MWRA. (Page 101; #29)

FY 2015 (printed May 2014)

  • The Advisory Board recommends that the sunset provision on its proposed entrance fee payment schedule be extended one full year to June 30, 2015. (Page 86; #25)

FY 2013 (printed May 2012)

  • That the MWRA participate with the Advisory Board on a formal study to quantify the local and regional economic benefits of system expansion. (Page 61; #23)
  • Support legislation the Advisory Board intends to file seeking $100 million in state funds for the purposes of economic development to fund capital connection costs for new water service member communities. (Page 61; #24)
  • Actively seek and pursue an exemption of 9 MGD from the regulatory review process to expedite waterworks system expansion. (Page 61; #25)

FY 2013 (March 2012 Advisory Board meeting vote)

  • Recommend changing entrance fee repayment options to include:
    • 25-year interest-free repayment period
    • 3-year grace period

FY 2012 (printed May 2011)

  • Explore financial incentives to attract new member communities to the waterworks system
    including, but not limited to:

    • Offering a 5-year grace period before payment
    • Allowing a multi-year payment plan
    • Waiving interest on said payment plan. (Page 70; #15)

FY 2011 (printed May 2010)

  • Given the continuing trend for declining water use in the MWRA system since the most recent study was conducted, the Advisory Board recommends an updated evaluation of the safe yield for the tripartite capacity (withdrawals/releases/reserves). (Page 79; #14)
  • Rename the entrance fee as the FAIR – Former Asset Investment Recovery – cost or charge to join the MWRA to focus the discussion around the true purpose of the entrance fee. (Page 80; #15)
  • Do not fund the Hatchery Pipeline project until the first FAIR charge under the new streamlined system expansion process is received. (Page 80; #16)

FY 2010 (printed May 2009)

  • The Authority estimates that every 1 million gallons per day sold to a new customer is estimated to yield $5.0 million in one-time entrance fee revenue. The Advisory Board will continue to press for a streamlining of the system expansion process, and continues to endorse the Authority’s efforts in this regard. (Page 51 – 52)