CIP - Water Fund

The Water Fund portion of the proposed CIP totals $3,130,000 in FY2021. More information about the first year requests can be found below. Refer to the CIP book for FY2021-26 for a complete list of proposed projects for fiscal years 2022 through 2026.

Transfer to Capital Reserve

Transfer of funds from the operating budget into reserve account for payment of future projects and equipment. This ensures adequate funding is available for facility and infrastructure upgrades without having large increases in water rates.

Cost: $500,000

Water Exploration

This allocation covers the cost of water exploration and the purchase of land for a new water supply well. This ensures adequate funding is available for facility and infrastructure upgrades without having large increases in water rates.

Cost: $100,000

Water Heavy Equipment Replacement

This fund is used to replace larger equipment within the Water and Sewer departments. Similar to the Police Vehicle Replacement program, some year’s have no equipment purchase, as the funds are allocated to larger purchases the following year. These vehicles are used to perform utility replacement at job sites.

Cost: $40,000

Water Light Vehicle Replacement

Replacement of light vehicles, such as vans and pickup trucks. These vehicles are used to transport utility staff and replacement parts to job sites.

Cost: $15,000

Water Main Replacement - City Wide

Funding will be used to replace old water mains that have become problematic with breaks due to their age.  Mains included are on Snows Court, Kirkland Street, and Academy Street. 

Cost: $150,000

Water Meter Replacement

This funding continues the process of replacing existing meters in the field that have met their life expectancy. It ensures water meters in system are not outdated and recording water usage correctly. The first year replacement will allow for a jump start to replace a majority of the meters at once. 

Cost: $175,000

Water Treatment Plant and Well Equipment

Equipment replacement will follow recommendations of the water facilities plan. These stations must continue to be in top operating condition in order to prevent violations of the City’s NPDES permit.

Cost: $75,000

Wellhead Protection

Purchase property around wellheads throughout the distribution system. The protection of new and existing wells by purchasing land around wellheads.

Cost: $100,000

Water Main Replacement - Central Avenue-Lower

This project will design the replacement of an existing eight inch cast iron pipe with a twelve inch ductile iron. Existing pipe was installed in 1888 and should be replaced before road reconstruction.

Cost: $100,000

Water Main Replacement - Central Avenue-Upper

This project will design the replacement of an existing six inch cast iron pipe with a twelve inch ductile iron. This will improve fire flows and upgrades the pipe in the Wentworth Douglas Hospital area. This also provides additional flow to the North End Booster Station.

Cost: $75,000

Water Main Replacement - Littleworth Road

Project will design a twelve inch water main from Columbus Avenue to the Route 9 railroad bridge and from Old Littleworth Road to the Spaulding Turnpike. This will create versatility in water flows for wells in this section of the city in the event of a water break.

Cost: $100,000

Water Main Replacement - Washington/Main Street

Replacement of existing 8-inch cast iron main on Main Street from Broadway to Washington Street. Replacement includes main on Washington Street from Main Street to Lower Square. Night work will be used to complete this work to minimize impacts to business. Costs have exceeded the estimates in the FY17 CIP and additional funds are required.

Cost: $1,400,000

Water Treatment Plant - Pudding Hill

The Ireland well has PFAS over the limits issued by the state of NH. And the DPH1 well is in in the same aquafer. Treatment plant needs to be built to handle PFAS, Iron & Manganese for both wells. A pilot study and report are completed. Next step is for design and construction. Estimate is for initial design. Reimbursement is anticipated via the party responsible for the contamination.

Cost: $300,000