V. Wastewater Assessment - Review Criteria for Wastewater
The comprehensive plan and its component elements are crafted by local jurisdictions in many different styles and levels of detail. At a minimum, the state will ask the following questions in its review and evaluation of a WRE. Does the WRE:
- Show or refer to the boundaries of all areas used for planning including jurisdictional boundaries, designated growth areas, sewer and water planning areas, watersheds, Priority Funding Areas and other relevant geographies?
- Describe the assessment(s) undertaken and the methods used?
- Show the available capacity of existing WWTPs?
- Show the estimated additional capacity that could be achieved by higher levels of treatment, beneficial wastewater reuse such as spray irrigation or nutrient offsets?
- Show the estimate of the approximate number or range of additional households and the associated commercial and industrial wastewater capacity potential available to support this additional growth in the planning area?
- Estimate the additional capacity needed, if any, to serve designated growth areas, infill areas and other projected development outside of these areas?
- Estimate current and future pollutant impacts from the projected development and compare this to nutrient caps and the water body assimilative capacity?
- Summarize the results of all assessments and limiting wastewater resource findings?
- Provide policies that set forth the general goals of the jurisdiction with respect to its protection of water quality and its ability to meet regulatory requirements that are reflected in planned implementation actions?
- Describe the actions planned for implementation measures to ensure that wastewater capacity is adequate and pollutant loadings are safe to meet future needs? If necessary, do the planned actions that identify lead agencies estimate budget needs and establish a project timeline?