MISSOURI DRINKING WATER STATE REVOLVING FUND PRIORITY POINTS CRITERIA

Water Protection Program fact sheet
07/2015
Division of Environmental Quality Director: Leanne Tippett Mosby
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General Information
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources must prepare annually a Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, or DWSRF, Intended Use Plan that includes lists of projects expected to qualify for financing within the fiscal year addressed by the plan. The priority point criteria are used to evaluate DWSRF loan applications to be addressed by the fiscal year 2017. The department must annually seek public comments on the priority point criteria proposed. The Missouri Safe Drinking Water Commission must approve the priority point criteria at least 60 days before the application deadline. A project must be listed in the plan to be eligible for funding and the projects are listed in priority order.

Projects are listed so that the most serious problems are given the highest priority. Consistent with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, priorities are based primarily on protection of public health, compliance with the act and household affordability.

Assignment of Priority Points
Priority points shall be assigned only where the proposed project is intended to correct the problem associated with the points. For example, if the public water system has had persistent violations of a secondary maximum contaminant level, or MCL, but the proposed project does not address that problem, the points associated with persistent violations of a secondary MCL will not be assigned.

The sections on Distribution System Reliability (section III.B.) and Design Considerations (section III. F.) are limited to a maximum of 20 points each. This is done to ensure projects addressing MCL violations are not overwhelmed by projects addressing only design considerations or distribution system problems. The 25 points available for violations of acute risk contaminant MCLs are used as the baseline in developing the priority point criteria.

Projects will be ranked by the total number of points received. In the event of a tie, the projects receiving the highest number of points under Distribution System Reliability and Design Considerations (sections Ill.B. and Ill.F.) with the 20-point maximum limits lifted will receive the higher ranking. If the projects are still tied, the secondary tie-breaking criteria will be number of affordability points. The applicant with the highest affordability points will receive the higher ranking. If the projects are still tied, the third tier of tie-breaking criteria will be the number of people served. The system serving the larger number of people will receive the higher ranking.

Projects that involve the refinancing of existing debt will receive priority points only for affordability.

No priority points shall be assigned to a project intended to correct deficiencies resulting from inadequate operation and maintenance of the public water system.

Priority point assignment and listing in the plan does not guarantee all financial and project eligibility requirements have been met.

Priority Points

I. Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance
Only projects for existing eligible public water systems as defined in 10 CSR 60.13.020(1)(B) will be assigned points under this section. See the lists on pages 6 and 7, Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance Priority Points: Existing and Anticipated Regulations for further explanation of categories A through D below.

A. Acute Risk Contaminants (such as E coli, turbidity or nitrate). 25 points will be assigned if there have been persistent violations of  MCLs or treatment performance criteria for acute risk contaminants within the past 36 calendar months.

B. Treatment Technique Requirements. 20 points will be assigned if there have been persistent violations of treatment technique requirements (for example, the Surface Water Treatment Rule, lead and copper, etc.).

C. Non-Acute Risk Contaminants

D. Anticipated Federal Regulations. 10 points will be assigned if the proposed project will enable the public water system to comply with anticipated federal regulations identified on the attached list, Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance Priority Points: Existing and Anticipated Regulations.

E. Compliance. 15 points will be assigned if the proposed project will enable an eligible public water system to comply with an administrative order, a bilateral compliance agreement, or other enforceable document issued by the department.

II. Public Health

A. Waterborne Disease Outbreak. 25 points will be assigned if a waterborne disease outbreak declared by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is attributable to an existing public water system and 51 percent or more of the cost of the proposed project addresses the problem(s) causing the waterborne disease outbreak.

B. Inadequate Water Supply

III. Public Water System Infrastructure Improvement Note: Only projects for existing eligible public water systems will be assigned points under this subsection.

A. System source reliability

B. Distribution system reliability. (Limited to a maximum of 20 points.)

Reminder: After points have been calculated for all eligible applicants, ties will be broken by calculating total points possible under this section and section 111.F., design considerations, without the 20-point limitations. The project receiving the higher score under these two sections without the 20-point limitations will be ranked above the project receiving the lower score.

C. Disinfection. 15 points will be assigned if a public water system is unable to maintain a disinfectant residual at all points in its distribution system.

D. 10 points will be assigned if a system has storage facilities in poor condition, not related to inadequate maintenance of the facilities.

E. Reliability of service. 10 points will be assigned if a system has water storage capacity that is less than one day's average use or lacks adequate standby power.

F. Design considerations. (Limited to a maximum of 20 points)

Reminder: After points have been calculated for all eligible applicants, ties will be broken by calculating total points possible under this section and section 111.B., system distribution reliability, without the 20- point limitations. The project receiving the higher score under these two sections without the 20-point limitations will be ranked above the project receiving the lower score.

G. 20 points will be assigned if the treatment facility(ies) for required disinfection or turbidity removal are severely deteriorated and beyond the facility useful life.

H. Vulnerability.

I. Wellhead and Source Water Protection. 10 points will be awarded to applicants who have a department­ approved wellhead or source water protection plan.

IV. Affordability Only community water system projects will be assigned points under this section.

A. Annual Median Household Income. The statewide annual median household income levels of the state must be determined from income data from the latest decennial census of the United States. The median household income data can be found at the following web address: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/community_facts.xhtml

B. Assignment of Points. (Limited to a maximum of 25 points)

For example: Monthly water bill = $20 Annual median household income = $24,000
Monthly median household income = $24,000/12 = $2,000 ($20/$2,000) x 100% = 1%
1 x 10 = 10 points

V. Additional Priority Point Categories

A. Natural disasters.

B. Consolidation.

C. Security. 10 points will be assigned for eligible security measures. Eligible security measures include vulnerability assessments, emergency response plans, fencing, security cameras and lights, motion detectors, secure chemical and fuel storage, security hatches and access panels, and cross-connection control.

D. Board Member or City Council Member Training. 10 points will be assigned if 50 percent of the governing body has received training related to the operation and management of the water utility.

E. Asset Management. 10 Points will be assigned if the system has completed an asset inventory, including the condition and age of assets, for all critical assets in their system and has incorporated replacement schedules into annual and capital improvement budgets.

SDWA Compliance Priority Points: Existing and Anticipated Regulations

Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCL) and Treatment Technique Requirements. Acute Risk Contaminants
10 CSR 60-4.020  (or Missouri State Revised Total Coliform Rule in effect at the time of application) Maximum Microbiological Contaminant Levels and Monitoring Requirements, subsections (7)(A) and (7)(B).
10 CSR 60-4.030 Maximum Inorganic Chemical Contaminant Levels, Action Levels, and Monitoring Requirements, paragraphs 13, 14, and 15 of subsection (l)(A).
10 CSR 60-4.050 Maximum Turbidity Contaminant Levels and Monitoring Requirements, subsections (3) (A) and (3)(B).

Treatment Technique Requirements
10 CSR 60-04.025 Ground Water Rule, section (4)
10 CSR 60-4.050 Maximum Turbidity Contaminant Levels and Monitoring Requirements, section (3).
10 CSR 60-4.052 Source Water Monitoring and Enhanced Treatment Requirements, sections (1) and (2) 10 CSR 60-4.055 Disinfection Requirements, subsection (l)(A), section (2), section (3), section (4), section (5) and section (6).
10 CSR 60-4.090 Maximum Contaminant Level and Monitoring Requirements for Disinfection By­ Products, subsections (l)(D) and (4)(D).
10 CSR 60-15.010 General Requirements (lead and copper), sections (4), (5) and (6). Non-Acute   Primary MCL
10 CSR 60-4.030 Maximum Inorganic Chemical Contaminant Levels, Action Levels, and Monitoring Requirements, section ( 1).
10 CSR 60-4.040 Maximum Synthetic Organic Chemical Contaminant Levels and Monitoring Requirements, section ( 1).
10 CSR 60-4.060 Maximum Radionuclide Contaminant Levels and Monitoring Requirements, subsections (1)(A)-(D).
10 CSR 60-4.090 Maximum Contaminant Level and Monitoring Requirements for Disinfection By­ Products, subsections (l)(A)-(C).
10 CSR 60-4.100 Maximum Volatile Organic Chemical Contaminant Levels and Monitoring Requirements, section (2).

Secondary MCL
10 CSR 60-4.070 Secondary Contaminant Levels and Monitoring Requirements, section (1).

New and Anticipated Federal Regulations
Revised Total Coliform Rule: The Environmental Protection Agency's final Revised Total Coliform Rule was published in the Feb. 14, 2013 Federal Register. It goes into effect April 1, 2016.  Points will be awarded for projects that will bring systems into compliance with this new rule.

Nothing in this document may be used to implement any enforcement action or levy any penalty unless promulgated by rule under chapter 536 or authorized by statute.

For more information

Missouri Department of Natural Resources Water Protection Program

P.O. Box 176

Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176 800-361-4827 or 573-751-1300

http://www.dnr.mo.gov/envl "WPP