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Asset Management Programs

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Asset Management Programs

Asset Management Programs use asset inventories, life-cycle cost analyses, risk assessments, and financial planning to set priorities and help meet level of service goals in a cost-effective manner.  An effective program can help Vermont's public drinking water systems meet the challenges they face. 

Public Drinking Water Systems

Public Water System is defined as any source(s) or combination of sources owned or controlled by a person, that provides drinking water through pipes or other constructed conveyances to the public and that has at least fifteen (15) service connections or serves an average of at least twenty-five (25) individuals daily for at least sixty (60) days out of the year.

Intended Use Plans

Each year the CWSRF and DWSRF each publish an Intended Use Plan (IUP), which is a planning report that explains how the SRF funding "cap grant" provided by the Federal government will be used to support the programs. Each IUP involves a public hearing and comment period, a priority list, and an explanation about how money will be used to meet funding requirements. Each IUP can be amended by request in January.

Each IUP makes program decisions to meet requirements set by Congress in each year's cap grant.  Those program decisions are discussed breifly below:

Planning Advance

The Vermont Planning Advance Program is a loan program available to municipalities:

  • without existing water or sewer rate payers for the purpose of obtaining a feasibility study for community based drinking water and/or wastewater solutions;
  • to assist regional planning and study efforts related to specific drinking water and/or wastewater needs;
  • to assist with master planning for large scale, long term facility planning for one or more capital needs related to water quality or drinking water.

Advantages of the Planning Advance Program:

VT Only Drinking Water SRF

The Vermont-only Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund was established to provide loans to a municipality for the design, land acquisition, if necessary, and construction of a potable water supply when a household in the municipality has been disconnected involuntarily from a public water supply system for reasons other than nonpayment of fee.  The loan is to the municipality, not individual home owners.  Standard loan term is 20 year/3%.  The rate and term may be adjusted in accordance with program guidance documents.  

Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection

The MISSION of the Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division is to protect human health and the environment for this and future generations by managing Vermont’s drinking water supplies; protecting the quality and quantity of Vermont’s groundwater resources; and regulating wastewater disposal activities that could adversely affect groundwater. The Division accomplishes this mission through its outreach, education, assistance and regulatory activities.

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