Several programs are designed to reduce the cost of providing wastewater services to users of limited means, including:
Cesspool Replacement Grants
Assessment Deferral Programs
Some communities provide discounts on the monthly wastewater bills to users who are below certain income levels. A more common practice is to set rates that have a low minimum charge and/or use fee for a minimum (“lifeline”) level of service. Higher rates are then collected from users with higher levels of water consumption (and thereby higher estimated wastewater flows).
Cesspool Identification and Elimination Grant Program.
The Cesspool Replacement Program described previously is available to users at 62 to 84% of the cost of the installation of an OWNRS on-site system, based on improved property values.
Assessment Deferral Programs
A program could be established to allow low-income and/or fixed-income users who are required to connect to a community wastewater system to defer their costs of connecting to the wastewater system and/or LID assessments until such time as their property is sold. The interest expense on the deferred assessments or connection fees could be paid through a fund established for this purpose. The deferred assessments and connection fees would constitute a lien on the property, which would need to be satisfied upon the sale of the property. External funding would be needed to establish the fund for providing the interest subsidy for these low-income users.
Notice of Intent to Prepare Environmental Assessment
Public Notice PUBLIC NOTICE
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has received grant applications to fund the construction of several wastewater treatment systems in Monroe County, Florida. Much of the proposed project funding would be provided through FEMA 1249-DR Post Disaster - Unmet Needs funds. Matching funds will be provided through the Florida Division of Emergency Management and local government applicants.
FEMA hereby publishes notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) for these actions, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (PL 91-190) and associated environmental statutes, as implemented in FEMA’s regulations 44 CFR Part 10. This EA will address the purpose and need of the proposed projects, project alternatives considered, affected environment, environmental consequences, and impact mitigation measures. Once completed, the Draft EA will be available for public review and comment. Notice is also published in accordance with Executive Order 11988, Floodplain Management; as implemented in 44 CFR Part 9, since these actions may affect the floodplain.
One grant application proposes a regional wastewater treatment plant on Key Largo. The proposed treatment capacity of this facility is 2.5 million gallons a day. The applicant’s preferred project site alternative is located at Mile Marker 100.5, Oceanside. Two additional grant applications are being developed for small wastewater treatment facilities elsewhere in Monroe County. The details will be published as they become available.
Islamorada, Village of Islands:
The grant application does not specify the scope of work or project locations. These details are scheduled to be developed in 2001, and will be published as they become available.
Comments concerning the proposed projects will be accepted from the affected public; local, state and federal agencies; and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the environmental impacts of the proposed projects. Comments should be made in writing, sent to the FEMA point of contact listed below, and postmarked within 30 days of publication of this notice.
Points of Contact:
Ms. Science Kilner, Lead Environmental Specialist – Unmet Needs, FEMA Region IV
Mitigation Division, 3003 Chamblee Tucker Road, Atlanta, GA 30341-4130