Long Range Forecast Plan Infrastructure Updates
Long term utility planning combines financial forecasting with asset management. It is a process that
evaluates existing system conditions, establishes asset management, maintenance demands, and
infrastructure repair and replacement needs. It is a highly important process that considers future
scenarios and helps utilities navigate aging infrastructure challenges.
BMMD’s long range plan identifies priorities and time frames for implementing capital projects and
provides a financing plan for those projects. BMMD has identified the need to update numerous
aging infrastructure projects some of which are identified below, and is currently seeking sources
of funding to finance costs associated with those required updates.
BMMD is committed to providing Wildernest customers with quality service and value, and these
upgrades is just one of the many ways we plan to continue fulfilling that promise. It is important to
BMMD to maintain the critical balance between financial stability, reliable operations, and delivering
services to customers at the best value.
Wildernest population fluctuates anywhere between 5,000 up to 10,000+ people depending on the
season and the amount of short-term renters, vacationers, and full-time residents. BMMD is planning
to build a new water tank to improve water infrastructure by helping increase water supply
reliability during high usage events and provide additional water capacity for fire protection.
This multi-year, multi-phase project includes significant planning to locate an eligible site for a new
underground water tank. Wildernest is 96% built-out and very little land is available to build a new
tank. BMMD is currently looking at a suitable site that meets the required elevation requirements
and proximity to existing District water pipelines.
BMMD is also planning to rehabilitate two existing steel water tanks. Re-coating water tanks is an
extensive process. The tanks must be taken out of service while the rehabilitation takes place. In
order to take the existing reservoirs off-line, BMMD must first construct the new water tank in
order to supply uninterrupted water to Wildernest customers during the time the two existing
steel tanks are out of service.
Pressure Reducing Valves (PRV) Project
The current water distribution system is equipped with manual butterfly valves in each of five pressure
zones in the District. During a structure fire or wildfire event, if water must be conveyed between
zones to supplement lost water, the District water operator must manually operate the
butterfly valves. Water conveyance should not require manual operation. The addition of Pressure
PRV’s, in each of the five pressure zones will provide for automatic (not manual) operation of water
conveyance and provide for more reliable fire protection in the District. BMMD is installing
the first PRV this summer. This is also a multi-year, multi-phase project.
Replacing Old Fire Hydrants & Valves
To safeguard the public by ensuring fire hydrants are accessible and fully functioning, BMMD is conducting
a fire hydrant and valve replacement program. This program replaces old fire hydrants and
valves with new, long lasting equipment which offers enhanced flow rates to improve fire-fighting
capability. This vital work is needed to ensure that emergency services personnel have easy access
to hydrants with sufficient water pressure and flow rates to fight a fire.
BMMD regularly monitor’s the sewage collection system by conducting bi-annual camera and cleaning of the sewer main
system and repairs problems to wastewater infrastructure caused by water infiltration of spring run-off, freezing temperatures,
and deteriorating pipes. We continue to ensure that our wastewater systems are operating safe and efficiently.
Typically, a water tank is sized to hold approximately one day’s worth of water for the community served by the tank.
Should there be a power failure longer than one day, there will not be sufficient water capacity to meet customer demands
without the ability to pump water which requires power. A portable generator will improve water supply reliability and
enhance firefighting capabilities during emergencies by providing backup power in the event of a power outage.
Geographic information systems (GIS), mapping programs track infrastructure assets such as water, wastewater, valves,
service lines, curb valves, manholes, and more. Without the IT resources to create maps of underground pipelines and other
linear assets, utilities can have a tough time locating them. A GIS serves as a web map with layers corresponding to various
systems that can be updated and shared in real-time with workers in the field, thereby reducing redundancy and saving
valuable time locating infrastructure that may be buried under the snow, or not easily located. BMMD will begin locating
infrastructure assets this summer and digitally mapping the entire system over the next three years.
Telemetry Communications Upgrade
Utilities use telemetry monitoring to keep track of unmanned assets such as pumping stations, water tank levels, and water
treatment activities which is mandatory to manage the water distribution network. BMMD is upgrading 20 year old radios
and dated hardware/software to make the system more efficient.