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  1. 1. Lee County Utilities Management & Planning June 1, 2009 Doug Meurer, P.E.
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>LCU Overview </li></ul><ul><li>Operations & Business Practices </li></ul><ul><li>Key Initiatives & Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Status </li></ul>
  3. 3. Customers Served As of April 30, 2009 62 Reuse 245,335 112,025 58,249 Wastewater 335,800 151,500 79,875 Water Estimated Population Equivalent ERU Number of Customers
  4. 4. Water Franchise Area
  5. 5. WTP Capacities – May 2009 38.59 MGD   41.8 MGD Total .45MGD   1.5 MGD Waterway 4.34 MGD   5 MGD Olga 5.3 MGD 3 MGD Expansion 5.3 MGD Pinewoods 4.5 MGD   6 MGD North Lee County 9 MGD   9 MGD Green Meadows 15 MGD 5 MGD expansion 15 MGD Corkscrew Current Production Levels Increases Past 3 years Permitted Plant
  6. 7. Wastewater Franchise Area
  7. 8. Combined Franchise Area
  8. 9. Staffing <ul><li>274 Staff Members </li></ul><ul><li>Certifications </li></ul><ul><li>Regulatory Requirements </li></ul>
  9. 10. Operations <ul><li>24/7 Operation </li></ul><ul><li>Plant Operations & Maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>Distribution & Collection System Maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>Customer Service, Meter Services and Billing </li></ul><ul><li>Engineering </li></ul>
  10. 11. Efficiency <ul><li>Operations & Business Group </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on What We Do Well </li></ul><ul><li>Cross Training </li></ul><ul><li>Communication/Involvement </li></ul>
  11. 12. FY09/10 Operating Expense Budget
  12. 13. Strategic Plan
  13. 14. Key Initiatives and Projects <ul><li>Asset Management </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated Water Resources Master Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Capital Improvement Program </li></ul>
  14. 15. Asset Management Program <ul><li>Vision & Mission Statement </li></ul><ul><li>Lee County Utilities is committed to an asset management program that provides reliable service, protects the environment, and ensures regulatory compliance. We continue to build upon our long-term asset strategy focusing on financial sustainability, employing business practices to measure and manage risk, optimize life-cycle costs, and prioritize capital and O&M decisions. </li></ul>
  15. 16. Asset Management <ul><ul><li>Asset Assessment & Capture of Institutional Knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Objectively establish criticality and risk of failure of assets to create proactive Maintenance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Structured and prioritized CIP program linked to financial Projections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integration of CMMS & GIS </li></ul></ul>
  16. 17. Average Age of Infrastructure
  17. 18. IWRMP Project Mission <ul><li>The mission of this project is to develop a single Integrated Water Resources Master Plan, which will serve as the road map that the County must follow in order to ensure that reliable and sustainable water supply and sanitary sewer services are provided within Lee County Utilities service areas in a timely and cost-effective manner. </li></ul>
  18. 19. IWRMP Source Water Management Alternatives <ul><li>Surface Water </li></ul><ul><li>Storm Water </li></ul><ul><li>Fresh Groundwater </li></ul><ul><li>Brackish Groundwater </li></ul><ul><li>Reclaimed Water </li></ul><ul><li>Interconnects / Regionalization </li></ul><ul><li>Improved Storage Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Sea Water </li></ul><ul><li>Demand Management (Water Conservation) </li></ul>
  19. 20. IWRMP Improved Storage Opportunities <ul><li>New Surface Reservoirs </li></ul><ul><li>ASR within and /or below USDW </li></ul><ul><li>Localized Storage (e.g. cisterns) </li></ul><ul><li>Improve Capture and Storage of Excess Storm Water </li></ul><ul><li>Groundwater to Groundwater ASR </li></ul><ul><li>Consider Partially Treated Surface Water Versus Fully Treated Potable Water ASR </li></ul>
  20. 21. Capital Improvement Projects <ul><li>Regulatory </li></ul><ul><li>Capacity </li></ul><ul><li>Renewal & Replacement </li></ul><ul><li>General </li></ul>
  21. 22. 249.1M 60.8M 35.4M 16.8M 136.1M BUDGET 6 - 10 YEARS OUT 430.2M 181.2M 5.7M 95.8M 10.9M 26.4M 42.8M TOTALS 131.3M 70.5M 3.0M 48.6M 6.9M 5.7M 6.6M REHAB & REPALCEMENT PROJECTS 49.7M 14.3M 0.2M 0.2M 0.7M 9.0M 4.3M REGULATORY RELATED PROJECTS 27.7M 10.9M 1.5M 1.0M 2.3M 3.0M 3.1M GENERAL PROJECTS 221.6M 85.5M 1.0M 46.0M 1.0M 8.7M 28.8M CAPACITY RELATED PROJECTS TOTALS 5 YEAR BUDGET TOTALS BUDGET FY 13/14 BUDGET FY 12/13 BUDGET FY 11/12 BUDGET FY 10/11 BUDGET FY 09/10 W/CARRYOVERS LEE COUNTY UTILITIES PROPOSED 10-YEAR CIP BUDGET
  22. 23. 249.0M 21.2M 12.5M 28.1M 9.3M 46.3M 101.1M 30.5M BUDGET 6 - 10 Years Out 430.2M 181.2M 5.7M 95.8M 10.8M 26.3M 42.7M TOTALS 29.5M 8.3M 1.9M 1.9M 2.6M 0.6M 1.3M GENERAL 26.0M 13.5M 1.8M 2.7M 2.9M 2.8M 3.3M REPAIR & REPLACEMENT 29.8M 1.7M 0.0M 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.7M DOT/FDOT PROJECTS 20.3M 11.0M 0.2M 1.0M 2.2M 3.3M 4.3M SEWER COLLECTION 49.3M 3.0M 1.2M 0.2M 0.2M 0.2M 1.2M WATER DISTRIBUTION 214.7M 113.6M 0.3M 89.7M 1.1M 10.0M 12.5M WATER TREATMENT 60.6M 30.1 0.3M 0.3M 1.8M 9.4M 18.4M WASTEWATER TREATMENT Totals 5 YEAR BUDGET TOTALS BUDGET FY 13/14 BUDGET FY 12/13 BUDGET FY 11/12 BUDGET FY 10/11 BUDGET FY 09/10 w/CARRY OVERS LEE COUNTY UTILITIES PROPOSED 10-YEAR CIP BUDGET
  23. 24. Key Projects <ul><li>Waterway Estates Service Area Capacity Expansion </li></ul><ul><li>North Lee County RO Expansion </li></ul><ul><li>Green Meadows WTP Upgrade and Expansion </li></ul><ul><li>Olga WTP Enhancements and Expansion </li></ul><ul><li>Regionalization </li></ul>
  24. 25. Community Job Support 644 $ 66,500,000 Totals 560 $ 56,000,000 Construction 84 $ 10,500,000 Design Services Positions Supported Prior 12 Months Spent & Encumbered Sector
  25. 26. Financial Status <ul><li>LCU Financial Condition is Good </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Revenue Sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of Revenue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rate Review </li></ul></ul>
  26. 27. Operating Funds <ul><li>Lee County Utilities charges for services. That revenue is the only revenue available for operation of the utility. No property tax or any other Lee County General Fund source is utilitized. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connection Fees </li></ul></ul>
  27. 28. Rate Revenue <ul><li>Monthly charge for water and wastewater services based on volume of water usage </li></ul><ul><li>Rate revenue used for operations, debt service and reserve funding </li></ul>
  28. 29. Historical Revenues and Expenses Fiscal Year Ended September 30 (000’s Omitted)
  29. 30. Connection Fees <ul><li>Connection Fees are one time charges for new connection to the system </li></ul><ul><li>Connection fees go to a restricted fund and are used for capacity expansion necessary to meet growth demands </li></ul>
  30. 31. Historical Connection Fees Revenues Fiscal Year Ended September 30 (000’s Omitted)
  31. 32. Rate Review <ul><li>Rate Review currently near completion </li></ul><ul><li>Results: </li></ul>CPI 6% 6% 6% 6% Combined Rate Increase for Water & Wastewater FYE 2014 FYE 2013 FYE 2012 FYE 2011 FYE 2010
  32. 33. Rate Review <ul><li>Factors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduction of Customer Base (Foreclosures, etc.) therefore revenue stream is less than anticipated. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Zero Growth – As costs are still increasing there is no growth in revenues to offset </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inflation Itself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rates being increased in anticipation of incremental debt payments associated with Gateway SRF Loan ($2.6MM annual payment) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aging infrastructure which needs to be updated or replaced </li></ul></ul>
  33. 35. Challenges <ul><li>Water Supply </li></ul><ul><li>Regulatory </li></ul><ul><li>Value of Water </li></ul><ul><li>Aging Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Economic Conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Aging Workforce </li></ul>
  34. 36. <ul><li>Discussion </li></ul>