|Notice of Budget Committee Meeting - Friday, April 26, 2013|
A public meeting of the Budget Committee of the Tri City Water and Sanitary Authority, Douglas County, State of Oregon, to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013, will be held at 215 North Old Pacific Highway, Myrtle Creek, OR 97457. The meeting will take place on May 22, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to receive the budget message and to receive comment from the public on the budget. A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained on or after May 10, 2012 at the Authority Office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
This is a public meeting where deliberations of the Budget Committee will take place. Any person may appear at the meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee.
|Oregon Water Resources Grant - Tuesday, June 5, 2012|
Tri City Water & Sanitary Authority received a $16,500 grant from Oregon Water Resources Department in order to provide a preliminary engineering analysis and recommendation for improvement of its water storage and distribution system. This is a matching grant, which means that for every dollar that Tri City spends up to $16,500, Oregon Water Resources will match it.
This will primarily address the addition or enlargement of current water storage at the south end of the district.This area was identified as deficient in storage in both the 2006 Water Master Plan and also the Risk Failure Analysis that was completed in 2010.
To qualify for this grant, TCWSA had to show that this project will provide means to improve deficiencies and more efficient water usage. It is believed that conservation and efficiency benefits will ultimately reduce the demand on the South Umpqua River especially during the summer when the river historically runs at its lowest level. Additional water storage would enable TCWSA to pump less water from the South Umpqua during critical periods for water quality and fish habitat.
|Water Line Insurance - Friday, March 9, 2012|
Solicitations by mail or otherwise asking TCWSA residents to “insure their water lines” is not being initiated or endorsed by Tri City Water and Sanitary Authority.
Several customers have been contacted by mail over the past several months recommending that they buy insurance that would cover waterline repairs. Beware that this is not something that is required and not something that we are making recommendations for or against.
Homeowners are responsible for their own water lines from the meter into their homes. TCWSA is responsible for the water main lines and lines up to and including the water meter
It is our understanding that the information from the companies that are sending out the proposals to insure water lines may be using “scare tactics” to promote this insurance.
Surrounding communities have been receiving similar contact soliciting insurance to cover the water lines. As with any solicitation, be very careful when giving out credit card or personal information.
|Safety Grant Awarded - Thursday, January 19, 2012|
TCWSA received a 50 – 50 safety grant from Special Districts of Oregon for $1,946, or half of the expense to install additional security fencing at the Authority’s water storage tanks. This project had been completed in September of 2011. Tri City was one of 130 applications for their 2012 matching safety grant program.
|Smoke Testing - Friday, September 30, 2011|
Starting October 5th, TCWSA will be smoke testing in order to identify areas where defects or deterioration may appear in the wastewater collection system. TCWSA's system has many sanitary sewer lines that are beginning to deteriorate due to their age. This includes both the public main lines as well as the sewer lines from the source to the connection at the public sewer.
This deterioration contributes to inflow and infiltration (I&I) of storm water and groundwater into the wastewater collection system. Escessive I&I is a serious problem due to the effect it has on the capacity of the wastewater collection system and the wastewater treatment plant. The collection system is designed to carry only so much water and sewage. When overloaded, the system may surcharge (back up), overflowing through manholes and possibly flooding streets. As flows in the wastewater collection system increase, so do the costs to treat and transport the waste, leading to increased sewer costs.
Smoke testing is a proven method that is endorsed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for identifying defects and improper connections that contribute to I&I. The first section that Tri City will begin testing on October 5, 2011 will be the Carte Lane area north to Fir Street. Then, periodically as weather permits the entire service area will be tested. Notification with more explicit instructions on what to expect will be provided to you a few days before we reach your neighborhood.
If you have questions or concerns, please call the main business office number 541-863-5276.
|Sewer Pump Station Upgrade - Wednesday, October 21, 2009|
At Tri City, we have been working toward improvements for Sewer Pump Station #3 for several years now. This pump station is located just south of Pizza Palace and is the largest pump station in our wastewater collection system. It serves as the main component for transporting Tri City flows to the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Currently the station has antiquated and deteriorated equipment, electrical code violations and insufficient capacity for peak flows. Overflows happen during major storm events as storm water and debris enter the sewer lines causing capacity issues.
Fortunately, it looks as though we are actually going to be able to go out to bid for construction in the spring of 2010. After exploring all options for covering the cost of this project with the objective of not raising rates, Tri City Board of Directors has been able to obtain funding through Rural Development/USDA.
The total cost to upgrade the pump station is projected to be in excess of $1.5 million. Through Rural Development, 45% or $705,000 will be received in the form of a grant from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), otherwise known as Stimulus Funds. Resolution 09-07 was adopted by the Board of Directors at the October 14, 2009 meeting authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds for the loan portion of the funding.
Land issues have been resolved with Ireland, Inc. granting an easement in order to expand the facilities, Land and Water Environmental Services completed the Environmental Review, various permits have been obtained and SHN Consulting Engineers has been awarded the contract as engineer of record for the project. As soon as pre-design is completed it will be presented to DEQ for their approval.