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HWU STRATEGIC PLAN FOR CAPITAL SPENDING
WATER – WASTEWATER – STORMWATER
GOALS AND PURPOSE OF THIS PLAN
This represents the fourth annual update of a Capital Improvement and Strategic Plan first adopted in June 2014. Our objective with this document has been to develop a cost effective and environmentally sound Capital Improvement Plan for the water, wastewater, and stormwater systems in the City of Henderson to accommodate existing needs and projected growth to the year 2029. The 10-year-plus time frame was chosen to give longer-term guidance to our efforts, with the realization that planning beyond 2 to 5 years is of marginal value, as conditions change over time. We update this plan annually, prior to the budgeting process, to lay out a logical sequence of work that fits the resources available.
To arrive at the Capital Improvement Plan, we continuously evaluate existing Henderson Water Utility (HWU) water and wastewater treatment, distribution and collection facilities, along with our stormwater assets, to assess their physical condition, capacity, and improvement needs, and 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.
The principal short-term goal for implementation of this plan has been to finish the final Long-Term Control Plan (LTCP) project, the North WWTP Headworks, and we now have negotiated termination of the Consent Judgment and moved on with our obligations for post-construction monitoring, CSO abatement, and meeting the requirements of our soon-to-be-issued discharge permit for the North wastewater system.
Beyond that, and primary in our current work plan is major renovation of our water storage facilities and water treatment plants, where needed expenditures for maintenance and upgrades were delayed by our work on the LTCP projects. To date, three of our nine water storage tanks have been painted and rehabilitated, with a fourth tank project in the planning stage.
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. This plan lays the groundwork for increasing our capacity to serve growth areas, together with an attempt to maintain the systems and facilities we currently have, balancing risk with the money we have available.
New to the document this year, we describe the critical elements of our business practices for the operation of the Utility (the Strategic part of the plan), and discuss the significant risks we face, in the financial, environmental, safety and personnel realms.