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RIWIS (Rhode Island Wastewater Information System)

Onsite Systems Basics
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Property owner's guide

Wastewater Manager's Toolkit
Creating a management plan
Drafting an ordinance
Developing treatment standards
Funding and staffing a program
Getting the message out
Tracking inspections
Achieving results

Onsite System Research and Assessment
Demonstration systems
Soil suitability
Using GIS for evaluation
Water quality monitoring

Resources
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Funding and Staffing a Program

 

Initially, 319 grants may be available from the State to write a wastewater management ordinance. Typically Rhode Island towns have been able to secure $25,000 from DEM, which has been used to hire a consultant to write a wastewater management plan and lobby for support of the program.

Once you have an approved wastewater plan, the community is eligible for Community Septic System Loan Program (CSSLP), through Clean Water Finance Agency. CSSLP provides low interest loans in amounts up to $25,000 to residents for replacement of failed or substandard systems. For a presentation on CSSLP details, click here.

Continued Funding

Coordinating finances is an ongoing process with any community wastewater program. A sample, annual budget for funding your Town’s wastewater management program is shown below:

 

SAMPLE ONSITE WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT BUDGET

PERSONNEL

Town Engineer,
Environmental Scientist or Planner (Including benefits) $78,000.00
50% of salary to be paid by wastewater budget $39,000.00

Full Time Clerk (Including benefits) $29,000.00

TOTAL PAYROLL $68,000.00

TRACKING SOFTWARE

Web-Based Program’s Annual Fee
(Based on 5,000 Systems) $5,000.00

TOTAL SOFTWARE BUDGET $5,000.00

MAILINGS AND NOTICES

Sample Mailing Costs $1,000.00
Certified Notices $2,000.00

TOTAL MAILING BUDGET $3,000.00

OFFICE EXPENSES

Office Supplies $2,500.00
Equipment (computers, printers, cameras, GPS units, etc) $5,000.00

TOTAL OFFICE EXPENSES $7,500.00
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH

Advertising in Newspaper $5,000.00
Homeowner Workshops $1,000.00
Factsheets, Posters, etc. $2,000.00
CEU’s and Training for Staff $4,500.00

TOTALS FOR EDUCATION AND OUTREACH $12,500.00

TOTAL BUDGET $96,000.00
REVENUE:
Homeowner Assessment of $20 x 4,800 residents: $96,000.00



 

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