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Affordability Analysis—EPA web based tool

This EPA web-based tool will help a variety of stakeholders evaluate the economic and social impacts of pollution controls needed to meet water quality standards set for specific uses for a waterbody, such as swimming or fishing.

This tool could be used by states, territories, tribes, local governments, industry, municipalities and stormwater management districts. The tool will help stakeholders identify and organize the necessary information, and perform the calculations to evaluate the costs of pollution control requirements necessary to meet specific water quality standards. The tool prompts users to submit treatment technology information, alternative pollution reduction techniques and their costs and efficiencies, and financing information, as well as explain where that information can be found.

League of Oregon Cities: Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater Rate Survey, March 2015 (PDF) In the summer of 2014, the League of Oregon Cities (LOC) surveyed its member cities to obtain information about utility rates and other system characteristics for water, wastewater
and stormwater. The League contracted with the Community Service Center (CSC) at the University of Oregon to help design and conduct the survey.
Moving Toward Sustainability: Sustainable and Effective Practices for Creating Your Water Utility Roadmap, EPA 2014 (PDF) The purpose of this EPA document is to assist utility leaders with implementing proven and effective practices over time to improve their operations and move toward sustainability, at a pace consistent with their needs and the needs of their communities. A utility can use this document to identify specific opportunities for improvement and draw on the example practices to create an individualized “roadmap” to more sustainable operations.

Oregon Resiliency Plan – Executive Summary, February 2013 (PDF)

Very large earthquakes will occur in Oregon’s future, and our state’s infrastructure will remain poorly prepared to meet the threat unless we take action now to start building the necessary resilience. This is the central finding of the Oregon Resilience Plan requested by Oregon’s 76th Legislative Assembly.  This report summarizes the finding of a Governor’s Task Force on Resiliency planning and includes detailed recommendations for wastewater utilities

Preparing Wastewater Planning Documents and Environmental Reports for Public Utilities, May 2013 (PDF 4.3 mb)

Preparing Wastewater Planning Documents and Environmental Reports for Public Utilities (5/13) both outlines a consolidated approach for utility planning, including asset management and effective utility management, along with aligning and/or merging planning document requirements for wastewater improvement funding from Oregon DEQ, Infrastructure Finance Authority, Rural Community Assistance Corporation, and USDA Rural Development Corporation into a single set of recommended procedures. These new guidelines are based on an interagency memorandum dated January 16, 2013 that contains both general and detailed outlines for a preliminary engineering report (also known as a wastewater facilities plan). While the document was developed specifically for wastewater utilities serving less than 10,000 people, DEQ is asking all utilities to follow these guidelines.


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