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HWU STRATEGIC PLAN FOR CAPITAL SPENDING
WATER – WASTEWATER – STORMWATER
GOALS AND PURPOSE OF THIS PLAN
This document is the second annual update of a Strategic Plan first adopted in June 2014. Our objective with these documents has been to develop a cost effective and environmentally sound strategy for improving the water, wastewater, and stormwater systems in the City of Henderson to accommodate existing needs and projected growth to the year 2025. The roughly 10-year time frame was chosen to give some guidance to our efforts, with the realization that planning beyond about 3 years is of marginal value. We update this plan annually, prior to the budgeting process, in order to lay out a logical sequence of work that fits with the resources available.
To arrive at the plan, we evaluated existing Henderson Water Utility (HWU) water and wastewater treatment facilities, along with our stormwater assets, to assess their physical condition, capacity, and improvement needs, and to use these assessments to schedule capital projects within budgetary constraints. Due to the size of our system, much of this evaluation is reactive, rather than predictive; accurate information on condition of all our assets is unavailable, so we identify problems as they occur and rank projects accordingly.
As a principal short-term goal of the implementation of this plan, we have nearly finished the final LTCP project, and now will negotiate termination of the Consent Judgment, and move on with our obligations for post-construction monitoring, CSO abatement, and meeting the requirements of the alphabet soup of current and proposed regulatory regimes in water, stormwater and wastewater.
Beyond that, and primary in our work plan for the next few years, is major renovation of our water storage facilities and water treatment plants, where needed expenditures for maintenance and upgrades have been delayed by our work on the LTCP projects.
Recommended capital improvements in this plan are those required to provide safe, adequate and dependable treatment, distribution and collection systems to existing and future customers, taking into consideration population trends, changes in water use, regulatory requirements, and the ability of HWU’s customers to bear the costs of proposed improvements. That’s our goal. This plan lays the groundwork for increasing our capacity to serve growth areas, balanced with an attempt to maintain the systems and facilities we currently have, balancing risk with the money we have available.
New this year, we have appended a discussion of the significant risks we face, in the financial, environmental, safety and personnel realms.