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.
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.
December 8 will be your community’s chance to weigh in on the upcoming Metropolitan Tunnel Redundancy project.
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. read more
The June 2017 installment of the Green Sheet gives a brief overview of the Advisory Board’s Integrated Comments and Recommendations. Highlights include:
- How we get to the lowest rate increase in five years
- How we reevaluate risk to protect ratepayers in future years
- Our approach on Deer Island’s NPDES permit and how it could save ratepayers millions of dollars
You can view, print, or download our entire Integrated Comments and Recommendations here.
Community Meeting on Metropolitan Water Redundancy
Each decade there is one construction project that sets the stage for decades to come – a generational decision the impacts and benefits of which are felt for the next 30 years or beyond. For the MWRA, these projects have included the Boston Harbor Cleanup, the Carroll Water Treatment Plant, and the MetroWest Tunnel. Today, the generational decision for the MWRA is how to best ensure potable drinking water for all of its cities and towns all of the time. The project that will accomplish this for Greater Boston is the MWRA’s Metropolitan Water Redundancy Project.
The role of the Advisory Board is to provide feedback on MWRA projects and initiatives. At the January 19 meeting in Canton, the AB weighed in on two such undertakings.
The first was the MWRA’s emerging plans for system-wide water redundancy. Having participated in a half-day information session on redundancy in December, AB members unanimously voted to support an emerging MWRA plan to insure water system redundancy to the metropolitan area.
AB members included five conditions to their recommendation:
1. Use a Program Management Division (PMD) approach, similar to the Boston Harbor Project
2. Select deep rock tunnel versus surface piping alternative
3. Support the MWRA’s recommendation for two tunnels, north and south
4. Recommend that MWRA construct both tunnels concurrently, rather than in a phased manner
5. Pursue strategies that dedicate revenue from non-typical, or one-time water users sources (e.g. drought connections) to help fund the Metropolitan Tunnel Redundancy
The MWRA Board of Directors will take up their discussion on redundancy as we move forward in the spring. The Advisory Board looks forward to participating with the Board and MWRA staff in shaping this critical project.
AB members also weighed in on expanding eligible projects under the Local Community I/I Grant/Loan Program. This community-initiated discussion was first presented at our Operations Committee meeting in November. Eligible projects now include:
- Permanent flow monitoring equipment
- Sewer inspection equipment
- Building inspections, smoke testing, dye testing
- Administrative tasks related to planning/development of procedures and public outreach
- Database development and mapping of connections to public utilities
This expansion will provide communities more tools to upgrade their local sewer systems.
Your voice can make a difference. Please attend AB Operations and regular meetings. There are also seats available on our Executive Committee. Feel free to contact us for more information.
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)