A- A+

Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership Water/Wastewater Studies Initiative

Grant Procedures Manual

INDEX

 

Objective

To assist Alberta municipalities with the review and/or identification of their water/wastewater needs under the Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership.

TOP of page

Time frame

This is an ongoing initiative implemented on April 1, 1991.

TOP of page

Project eligibility criteria

Municipal eligibility

Funding under this initiative is available to all municipalities with a population of 10,000 or less, that are eligible for funding under the AMWWP.

Project eligibility

Funding may be available for the following types of studies, subject to a detailed assessment of eligibility by the department:

  1. Preliminary engineering assessments to review and identify water and wastewater upgrading requirements to existing systems which may then be incorporated into short-term and long-term capital work plans.

Such studies should do the following:

  • Investigate the need for the project.
  • Demonstrate cost-effectiveness of the recommended alternative.
  • Establish a priority for implementation.
  • Examine affordability of the improvements.
  • Examine methods of financing the municipal share of the costs.
  • Examine ways to encourage water conservation and consumption based rate structures.
   b.   Engineering studies which help to establish a five-year   capital works program for water and wastewater improvements.

Such studies should do the following:

  • Outline the necessary improvements for each year of the five-year plan.
  • Estimate the improvement costs.
  • Present the plan in such a way that annual updates can be undertaken.

All services engaged under this Initiative must be from the private sector.

NOTE: The department is not automatically committed to fund any projects identified as a result of studies conducted under this Initiative.

Associated costs

Funding may be available for associated costs which can include:

  1. Engineering costs.
  2. Survey fees.
  3. Well exploration & testing costs.

4.3.4 NON-Eligible Items

The following will not be considered eligible for funding:

  1. Municipal labour and equipment.
  2. Administration expenses (i.e. all municipal employee salaries or council member salaries, office administration costs, etc.).
  3. Annual updates of five-year capital works program studies produced under this Initiative.
  4. Goods and Services Tax.

    TOP of page

Funding availability

Municipalities subject to this initiative are eligible for funding on the same cost-sharing basis as under the AMWWP.

The final grant will be based on actual study costs to an upset limit established at the time of funding approval.

TOP of page

Procedures

Municipalities wishing to use available funding under this initiative will generally follow AMWWP procedure as outlined previously.

Applications under this initiative should include the following:

  1. A letter requesting funding.
  2. A copy of the engineering proposal.
  3. An implementation schedule.
  4. An upset limit of estimated costs.

    TOP of page

 

Updated December 2013