HWU Strategic Plan (April 2019)

NOTE: This is an ARCHIVE version of the HWU Strategic Plan.
This version has been superseded with a NEWER version.

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(April 2018)


This represents the fifth 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 Program for the water, wastewater, and stormwater systems in the City of Henderson to accommodate existing needs and projected growth to the year 2029. The rolling 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 Program, 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. 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 arise and rank projects accordingly.

The principal short-term goal for implementation of this plan in the beginning was to finish the final Long-Term Control Plan (LTCP) project, the North WWTP Headworks. Now that project is complete, and we have negotiated termination of the Consent Judgment and moved on with our obligations for post-construction monitoring and meeting the requirements of our soon-to-be-issued discharge permit for the North wastewater system.

After completing the LTCP, our primary current projects have been major renovation of our water storage facilities and water treatment plants, where needed expenditures for maintenance and upgrades were delayed by 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.

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 last year, we describe the critical elements of our business practices for the operation of the Utility (the Strategic part of the plan, in Section VII), and discuss the significant risks we face, in the financial, environmental, safety and personnel realms.