May 12, 2021 –Rowland Water District plans to invest nearly $3 million in capital projects throughout the 2021-2022 fiscal year to ensure customers continue to receive the high level of service they have come to expect.

The Capital Improvement Plan was approved by the Board of Directors at its meeting on Tuesday, May 11, as part of the overall budget of $22.4 million. Capital project spending will drop 20% compared to the previous year as the District builds reserves.

As water passes through the District’s system, it creates wear and tear on existing equipment. Planned replacement of older valves, service lines and meters reduces service disruptions and minimizes ongoing maintenance costs.

“As our existing infrastructure ages, we carefully evaluate where refurbishment or replacement makes the most sense,” said Rowland Water District General Manager Tom Coleman. “This proactive strategy reduces the time and financial resources needed to keep our system running at peak efficiency. It also keeps our high-quality water flowing and saves customers money in the long run.”

Additional capital projects in the coming year will enhance security and emergency preparedness. This includes physical changes such as upgrades to security fences around key facilities and increased cybersecurity to protect District computers and systems from hackers. New backup power generators and emergency operations vehicles will allow crews to better respond in the event of a disaster.

Rowland Water District provides water to 13,500 service connections through a distribution system that includes more than 200 miles of potable water mains, 18 miles of recycled water mains. 22 booster pumps and 1,650 fire hydrants.

Visit www.RowlandWater.com to see the Rowland Water District budget and Capital Improvement Plan for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.