Q: What are Salt Springs Road area residents receiving as part of this project?

A: A new booster pump station and water storage tank will provide potable drinking water and fire protection to water district residents.  An 8-inch ductile iron water main, shut-off valves, and fire hydrants will be installed generally within the road right-of-way and ¾-inch copper water services for each water district residence will be installed to the road right-of-way boundary.

Q: Why is this project being proposed?

A: The project is being proposed in response to community interest to address poor water yields and water hardness in private groundwater wells and to provide a long-term solution for the existing Skyridge Water District (Horseshoe Lane). 

Q: Is the project intended for future development?

A: No, the proposed project is solely being pursued to address existing needs of Town residents.  To comply with NYS Smart Growth guidelines the proposed district boundary is limited to 500 feet from the right-of-way boundary for vacant parcels and excludes Agricultural District properties that did not express interest in public water.  Any proposed future development would be required to comply with the necessary Town zoning and Planning Board rules and regulations.

Q: How much does the project cost?

A: The total project cost is estimated to range from $9.2M depending on the size of the project area.

Q: How much will I pay per year?

A: The total joint project cost is estimated to be $9.2M.  Costs are shared equally amongst all project beneficiaries on a unit basis and are estimated as follows:

The anticipated rate schedule is as follow:

One Single Family Home – 1 Unit (typical property

Construction Debt$803
Estimated OCWA Water Cost$391 (only if connected to public water system)
Total for typical household$1,194

One Vacant Property – 0.5 units

Construction Debt$803 x 0.5 = $401.50
Estimated OCWA Water Cost$0.00
Total for vacant property$401.50

Q: How does this cost per unit compare to other similar projects?

A: The NYS Comptroller’s Average Estimated Cost Threshold for water districts in 2021 is $887.  Given this project is estimated to cost $1,194 it will be submitted to the NYS Comptroller’s Office for approval should district formation be completed.

The Town will seek any and all available funding to reduce the project cost.  However, funding cannot be applied for until district formation is complete. 

Q: How is the Water User Cost estimated?

A: Water is supplied by the Onondaga Water County Authority (OCWA) at $2.78 per 1,000 gallons for the first 10,000 gallons, $3.62 per 1,000 gallons for the next 13,000 gallons, and over 23,000 gallons is $4.48 per 1,000 gallons, according to OCWA Rate Schedule 2 in the link below. The estimated water usage of a typical single family home is 160 gallons per day. This is a quarterly bill that residents will receive from OCWA.

Q: Who owns and operates the water infrastructure?

A: The respective Town of Manlius and the Town of Sullivan Salt Springs Water Districts would own the infrastructure.  A lease agreement with OCWA would be anticipated for operation and maintenance.  OCWA operation and maintenance costs are built into OCWA’s water purchase costs.

Q: What will it cost Salt Springs Road area residents to connect to the proposed Town water?

A: Connection is the public water system is the responsibility of the property owners in the Manlius Salt Springs Water District.  Every property is unique and costs will vary.  Refer to the following guidelines to assist with connection estimates for your property:

  • OCWA Water Meter Installation Fee – $214
  • Service Lateral Installation (3/4′) – $1,000 (base cost) + $25 per foot
  • Meter Pit Installation Fee (if necessary) – $1,000
  • Pressure Reducing Valve (if necessary) – $100

Refer to the project website for additional connection details and diagrams.

Q: Are Salt Springs Road area residents required to connect to the public water system?

A: No, connection is not required.  District residents that do not connect to the public water system are still responsible for the debt service cost. 

Q: Where is the water coming from?

A: The drinking water is sourced from Lake Ontario, treated and supplied by OCWA. The 2019 Water Quality Report from OCWA can be found at the link below.

Q: How will the project be financed?

A: The Town of Manlius and the Town of Sullivan intend to apply for funding for the project through the NYS Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), Water Infrastructure Improvements Act (WIIA), and USDA Rural Development to maximize the amount of grant opportunities and low interest financing.

Q: Am I subsidizing the Skyridge Water District (Horseshoe Lane)?

A: No, costs are shared equally on a unit basis; i.e. 1 unit in Skyridge is assessed the same Construction Debt cost as 1 unit on Salt Springs given there is equal benefit from the proposed public water system.

Q: Has the Skyridge Water District (Horseshoe Lane) adequately funded their district expenses?

A: Yes, the Skyridge Water District has properly funded operation and maintenance of their existing system.  However, large capital improvements projects such as this are typically funded through the issuance of municipal bonds that are paid back by benefiting property owners, as is the plan for the proposed project.

Q: What are the next steps?

A: The project is currently in the project development. The Town of Manlius and Town of Sullivan are currently preparing the required paperwork and reports to apply for funding for the project. Additionally, the town will need to undergo district formation for the proposed water district in order to secure funding for the project. The Town of Manlius and the Town of Sullivan will define the boundary of the Salt Springs Water District. After defining the boundary of the water district the Town will secure signatures and the district will be formed in accordance with NYS Law Article 12. Following district formation, the Towns will begin the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR) to consider the environmental impacts of the proposed project and what actions need to be taken to and if the proposed project is subject to review by any agencies. The Towns will then proceed with the bond resolution process to be able to get a bond for the maximum amount to be extended by the project and be able to receive a loan for the proposed project. All of the pervious steps that the Towns will undertake will be required into submitting for grant and financing applications. Additional information about district formation will addressed at a later date.

Q: What is the anticipated schedule for the project?

A: Project Development/District FormationWinter 2020/2021
Project Financing2022
Engineering Design2022/2023
Construction Start2023
Construction Completion2024