“The study is an analysis of the city’s overall existing culinary water storage and infrastructure, pressure for fire suppression services, etc.,” said Moab City Communications Manager Lisa Church. “It will identify possible deficiencies and look at where the city needs to contemplate additional growth. That may include construction of another water storage tank. The study also looks at analyzing water rates and possibly proposing a recommended five-year plan for water rates just as the city has already done for sewer rates.”
The engineering study, as outlined by the city in an application, includes the design of a water system master plan, a water rate study and a water impact fee study. The master plan includes a hydraulic model, which would help facilitate water service area expansion, and a capital needs analysis, which will help determine ways to improve the current system and address and find deficiencies.
In August, the City of Moab received a $90,000 loan, with $90,000 in principal forgiveness, from the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Drinking Water, Drinking Water Board. The money is being used to fund an engineering and planning study for culinary water master planning.
According to Church, “This loan is for the cost of preparing the engineering and planning study associated with drinking water system improvements that [the city] is considering doing.”
When asked why the city chose to apply for the grant, Church said, “I think it was as simple as we submitted an application ... The impetus I’m sure is the city was hoping to get some funding to work on the engineering and planning.”
The city has hired the firm of Hansen, Allen and Luce to conduct the study. The work has already begun, and the city expects the study to be completed within the next couple of months.
“There is a lot of infrastructure planning that we’re catching up on so we can determine our needs for the future,” Church said.
Editors note: This story has been updated to reflect the nature of the loan from the Utah Department of Environmental Quality.