Local Pipeline Assistance Program (LPAP)
MWRA’s Local Pipeline Assistance Program
ELIGIBLE PROJECT COSTS INCLUDE:
The program goal is to aid communities in improving local water system distribution pipeline conditions to better maintain water quality and ensure the use of appropriate distribution system best management practices.
This program is a critical component of MWRAs Integrated Water Supply Improvement Program. It continues the effort of the two-year, $30 million "pilot" program that provided grants and loans for local distribution system rehabilitation projects during FY98 and FY99. The Phase 2-Local Water System Assistance Program (FY11-20) expands funds available under the LPAP.
LPAP funds are allocated to member communities based on their percent share of unlined water pipe.
MWRA's partially-supplied communities receive prorated shares based on their percentage use of MWRA water. Interest-free loans are repaid to MWRA over a ten-year period beginning one year after distribution of the funds.
The condition of water pipelines is important to preserve the high water quality from MWRA source reservoirs all the way to customers' taps.
Older water pipes, particularly those constructed of unlined cast iron, need to be replaced or cleaned and lined to prevent tuberculation (rust build-up) and potential bacteria growth.
To ensure pipeline improvements, MWRA annually rehabilitates portions of the regional network of larger pipelines that distribute water to member community systems and provides financial assistance for local water system improvements. At present, the regional water system consists of about 67% lined water pipe. Since 1998, MWRA has provided local communities over $277 million in interest-free loans to fund nearly 400 miles (about 6%) of community water main cleaning and lining or water main replacement projects. Additionally, communities have separately funded 48 miles (about 1%) of water main rehabilitation projects.
43 of MWRA's 51 water communities have funds allocated under the LPAP.
Eight communities are not eligible for this program:
Communities that complete rehabilitation of their unlined pipe during the 13-year program period are permitted to use remaining funds for other water quality improvements (e.g. replacement of lead services, looping of dead ends, water tank maintenance, etc.).
To qualify for MWRA LPAP funds, a community must demonstrate that it has met or is in the process of meeting certain distribution system best management practices, including:
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Updated December 27, 2012