What is Johnson County Wastewater's Integrated Management Plan?
Johnson County Wastewater (JCW) is responsible for providing sanitary sewer services for over 500,000 people in Johnson County, KS. To meet these commitments, JCW must continually manage, maintain, and improve a variety of infrastructure assets, including:
JCW has made great strides upgrading wastewater treatment facilities, optimizing collection system maintenance and renewal efforts, implementing wet weather management strategies and improving pumping facility performance. However, aging infrastructure, increasingly complex water quality issues, system-wide wet weather capacity concerns and growing service demands will continue to require major capital investments and will impact JCW’s financial and management resources into the future.
To continue providing cost effective, reliable services and enhancing the surrounding communities, JCW understands that future program improvements will need to be prioritized to address the most critical environmental and public health issues first, while allowing adequate time to gather the information needed to address longer term infrastructure needs.
What is an Integrated Plan?
In 2019, JCW initiated a system-wide planning effort aimed at developing a long-term, prioritized infrastructure investment strategy that addresses wastewater needs and meets US Environmental Protection Agency and Kansas Department of Health and Environment requirements over the next 25 years. This Integrated Plan (IP) identified approximately $2.1 billion (in 2018 dollars) of projects that need to be implemented to meet these goals. JCW intends to continuously review and update the IP to address the community’s service needs as they evolve over time.
Projects identified in the initial 25-year planning period include:
Individual capital projects, such as those needed to build new treatment facilities and support regional growth; and
Ongoing improvement initiatives focused on getting the most use out of our existing infrastructure.
Now that the projects have been identified in the 25-year IP, JCW’s Integrated Plan Program is focused on providing the day-to-day staffing, communication, resources, and planning needed to implement the projects.