Water System Redundancy
Evaluate the community impacts, costs, and timetables of proposed alternatives to provide redundancy for the Metro Boston water system. Engage with communities and stakeholders early to solicit input on final option. Once selected, conduct public outreach to ensure communities and ratepayers are aware of the upcoming financial and construction impacts of the project.
Board Briefs – PMD Update, Community Assistance Update, and Deer Island Storm Event
Advisory Board recommends lowest rate increase in five years…
This installment of News and Notes for February 2017 celebrates the achievements of Mr. Walter Woods, who is three months away from his 99th birthday, and is retiring from the Advisory Board as the Wellesley representative.
Metropolitan Tunnel Redundancy from a dollars perspective – in 7 minutes.
This installment of News and Notes for January 2017 talks about giving the communities a voice.
The role of the Advisory Board is to provide feedback on MWRA projects and initiatives.
This installment of News and Notes for December 2016 discusses the Advisory Board’s well-attended meeting at Boston College on the subject of MWRA long-term water redundancy.
This installment of News and Notes for November 2016 talks about the current state of watershed land.
Check out the draft agenda for the December 8 meeting on Metropolitan Tunnel Redundancy, and RSVP to reserve your seat.
FY 2017 Q2 Goals
- Hold a #MuniWorks Meeting to provide communities the opportunity to learn about the project alternatives and costs
- Make a formal recommendation on the project to provide to the MWRA Board of Directors
FY 2017 Activity
- Staff attended Special Board of Directors meeting where the project alternatives and costs were presented.
- Staff proposed tabling discussion until after the communities and other stakeholders had an opportunity to review and comment on the proposal.
- Staff secured the Yawkey Center at Boston College as the meeting location for a December 8, 2016 #MuniWorks meeting on Water System Redundancy.
- Advisory Board votes to support keeping a $1.4 billion placeholder project in the proposed FY17 CIP while reserving its right to make future recommendations.
- Advisory Board recommends the Authority explore a Project Management Division (PMD) approach similar to the one used for the Boston Harbor Project.
Comments and Recommendations History
FY 2017 (printed June 2016)
- The Advisory Board recommends keeping the $1.4 billion associated with Metropolitan Tunnel Redundancy in the CIP as a placeholder for the future project. The Advisory Board reserves its right to make future recommendations on the cost, scope, and makeup of any project(s) associated with this expense. (page 34; #1)
- The advisory Board recommends that the Authority consider using the Program Management Division model used for the Boston Harbor Project when implementing the Metropolitan Tunnel Redundancy Project(s). (page 34; #2)