October 12, 2018
WRDA PASSES SENATE 99-1, HEADS TO PRESIDENT TRUMP
The Senate passed the WRDA bill (S. 3021, America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018) with the same language as the House version passed in September. WRDA now heads to President Trump for his signature. This new WRDA bill (aka “America’s Water Infrastructure Act”) will:
· Authorize federal funding for water infrastructure projects, which leverages billions in water infrastructure spending;
· Expand water storage capabilities;
· Include billions of dollars in deauthorizations and reduce the deficit;
· Assist local communities in complying with the Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act by upgrading aging drinking water, wastewater and irrigation systems;
· Reduce flooding risks for rural, western, and coastal communities;
· Ensure that America maintains the competitiveness of our coastal and inland ports, and maintain the navigability of our inland waterways;
· Create a new framework to allow for more Army Corps projects to be budgeted with increased local stakeholder input and expanded transparency;
· Authorize or reauthorize important water infrastructure programs and projects; and
· Address significant water infrastructure needs in tribal communities.
The final bill also includes the following:
· Reauthorization of the DWSRF at $1.174B for FY19, $1.3B for FY20 and $1.95B for FY21, effectively doubling the funding available to State SRF Programs;
· DWSRF provisions included - David Bacon, assistance for disadvantaged communities, compendium of best practices, technology review, source water usage, assessment and elimination of cross-cutting requirements, natural disaster area assistance, monitoring of contaminants, drinking water fountain replacement for schools, innovative water technology grant program, $100M authorization for meeting regulations in underserved areas;
· WIFIA (made permanent, special rules for certain combined projects and repayment, $50M authorized for FY20 and FY21, state loan funds can finance up to 100% of project costs subject to default, can’t pass through fees, no new reviews required, 180 day approval of applications, and funding tied to SRFs’ FY18 or 105 % of FY17, whichever is greater, levels), sewer overflow control grants ($225M authorized for FY19 and FY20), and water sense program;
· Other provisions of interest included - stormwater infrastructure funding task force, Indian reservation drinking water program, technical assistance for treatment works, study of intractable water systems, and water infrastructure and workforce investment.
For more information on the legislation, click here.
Renovations, WWTP and Water Plant, Cacapon Lodge, Morgan County, (DNR1900000024)
Rebids will be accepted until 1:30 PM on 7/31/2018 for modifications and upgrades to the existing wastewater treatment plant and potable water plant, Cacapon Resort Park, Morgan County, West Virginia. A mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held at 2:00 PM on 10/22/2018 at Cacapon Resort State Park Lodge, 818 Cacapon Lodge Drive, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia 25411. Bids should be submitted to Bid Clerk, Department of Administration, Purchasing Division, 2019 Washington Street, East, Charleston, West Virginia 25305 or electronically to solicitation number DNR1900000024. Plans and specifications may be obtained from CTL Engineering, Inc., 1091 Chaplin Road, Morgantown, West Virginia 26501, (304) 292-1135 or are available online at . For additional information contact Angela W. Negley at (304) 558-3397 or email .
MATERIALS: Sludge Filter Press Equipment, Charleston Sanitary Board
Bids will be accepted until 10:00 AM on 11/20/2018 for purchase of a municipal sludge filter press equipment for the Charleston Sanitary Board, 208 26th Street West, Charleston, West Virginia 25387. Bids should be submitted to the Charleston Sanitary Board at 208 26th Street West, Charleston, West Virginia 25387. Bid documents may be obtained by contacting Jeremy Frye, PE, with the Charleston Sanitary Board at (304) 348-1084 ext. 256. For additional information contact Jeremy Frye at (304) 348-1084 ext. 256.