Olympia is contemplating applying for federal Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grants to fund the city's utilities projects.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administers the BRIC grant program, which is intended to support states, local communities, tribes, and territories as they undertake hazard mitigation projects.
At the Utility Advisory Committee meeting yesterday, engineering and planning supervisor Susan Clark briefed the members on the capital facilities plan projects covering six-year projects for stormwater, wastewater and drinking water utilities.
Clark said they are also eyeing other federal and state grants, fund reserves and long-term debts for the projects.
She said they created utility projects based on hydraulic model capacities, routine maintenance, and inspections. "We conduct inspections using CCTV technology to see problems within our piping systems visually."
Some utility projects include:
Wastewater utility programs
Stormwater Utility programs
Drinking water utility programs
Security projects - fire suppression system installation at Allison/Shana Park (2023); annual security and remote system program
"All three utilities implement an asset management program which looks at condition and age of our infrastructure to help make decisions," she said.
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