Mapping Subsidy Program
In the Fall of 2010, the Kansas Water Office announced an expansion of the subsidy program to help public water systems obtain improved mapping utilizing GPS technology. The Kansas Water Office made a subsidy of 50 percent of the cost of gps mapping available to cities, rural water districts and public wholesale districts. The program was limited to those systems serving less than 1000 customers. As of August 25, 2010, the program has been expanded to allow systems regardless of size to apply for the subsidy program.
The program, funded through the Clean Drinking Water Fee Fund, provides grant funding to public water suppliers for assistance with GIS mapping projects that meet the following program parameters:
- The program will provide a grant to 50 percent (with a maximum of $4,000) of cost of mapping the water supply infrastructure. The proposal must map at least 70 percent of the water system.
- There is no limit on the number of meters served by the public water supplier.
- Applicants must have a State approved water conservation plan (approved January 1, 2000 or later).
- Any qualified provider that develops data that meets the Kansas Water Utility Data Standards may be used by the applicant for mapping under the program; the project proposal with cost estimates must be provided with the application.
- The GIS Mapping Assistance program has been extended for fiscal year 2011, ending June 30, 2011. Mapping completed, with a final invoice dated on or after January 1, 2008, will be eligible for funding.
- New projects must be completed within two years of the project approval date. In certain circumstances the completion deadline may be extended. Requests for an extension should be communicated to the Kansas Water Office no later than 30 days prior to the two-year deadline.
- Grant funding is not available for GPS units, computers or computer software.
- Applications that meet all requirements will be approved and funded by the Kansas Water Office in the order the applications are received.
- Funds for approved applications will be dispersed by the Kansas Water Office upon receipt of the Data Collection Summary and a copy of the final, itemized invoice for the project.
Any public water supply utility may apply for funding to the Kansas Water Office. For more information, and the revised application form, please visit the KWO website at www.kwo.org.