BIG SKY STANDARD SPECIFICATIONS & DRAWINGS

This is a living document that is continually edited and updated, please check frequently for updates. 

There are some unique challenges to successfully installing water and sewer infrastructure in the Big Sky area. The goal of these special provisions, standard drawings and approved parts list is to assure the best available installation methods are used. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding these drawings or specifications, please feel free to contact us.

We are continually reviewing and updating our approved parts list. If your part is not listed please contact office@wsd363.com, to get you part added to the list or for an explanation of why it is not allowed. If you feel you have a quality part not listed, please let us know, we would love to hear about it.

Thank you. 

QUICK REFERENCE FOR SERVICE CONNECTIONS

Excavators/Contractors

Ready to install the water/sewer service line?

  • Do you fully understand Big Sky County Water & Sewer Districts requirements and specifications for installation of water/sewer service lines?
  •  Have all the permit fees been paid?
  • Do you have clear access to your curb stop valve box? Is it damaged?
  •  Do you have the appropriate approved parts for the job? (Listed below)
  • Have you given Big Sky Water & Sewer Operators 48 hours notice that you would like to schedule a service line inspection?

Parts List

Water

Sewer

Plumbers/Contractors

Ready for water to be turned on?

  • Do you fully understand Big Sky County Water & Sewer Districts requirements and specifications for plumbing, metering, and fire suppression.
  • Do you have Cat 5 wire installed from the meter location to a location outside of the house at least 4′ above finish grade?
  • Are all of the appropriate parts for your system, (mentioned below), installed in the correct order and orientation? (Click Here For A Typical System Setup)
  • Is there permanent heat in the unit?
  • Have you given Big Sky Water & Sewer Operators 48 hours notice that you would like to schedule having the water turned on?

Parts List


Fire Suppression Engineers

The Big Sky water system covers an area that has a large amount of elevation difference. This causes large variations in working pressures from one area of the water system to another. The Big Sky water system is also growing rapidly so many areas of the system may be served with water but the final hydraulic design goal is not complete.

As growth occurs and the Districts water service area expands and fills in, the Districts goal is to loop a lot of these newer service areas back into existing areas. This may ultimately reduce the higher pressure to match the adjoining area. This means that what currently is a high working pressure (and very high fire flow) in one area of the system may eventually be reduced down significantly to a more standard working pressure.

When it comes to providing fire flow data what the District does not want to do is to provide misleading fire flow data to a fire suppression system engineer that would cause them to under design a system based on a current robust fire flow data that ultimately may be reduced.

What the District can do to avoid this is provide them with what our permanent minimum fire flow and working pressures will always be for the area.

Those minimum design values are 50 psi and 1000 gpm residual @ 20 psi.

Please call the District before any design work to verify that the location you are designing for meets the minimum requirement. Some of our older developments may not meet these values. It is up to the fire suppression engineer to verify this information by contacting one of our water operators.

Standard Water Drawings

Index NumberDescriptionRevision Date (Month-Year)
BSWSD 22-01Water Valve Adjustment DetailJan-20
BSWSD 22-02ATypical Utility Trench – 1Jan-20
BSWSD 22-02BTypical Utility Trench with Pavement Surface Restoration – 2Jan-20
BSWSD 22-03Trench Plug Excavation DetailFeb-20
BSWSD 26-01Thrust Blocking for Water Main FittingsDec-20
BSWSD 26-02Water and Sewer Main and Service SeparationDec-20
BSWDS 26-03Water Main Valve InstallationJan-20
BSWSD 26-04Fire Hydrant SettingJan-20
BSWSD 26-05Fire Hydrant Location Detail with Road Side Pull-OutJan-20
BSWSD 26-06Water Service LineJan-20
BSWSD 26-07ATypical 2″ Blow-Off HydrantJan-20
BSWSD26-08Bollard Placement at Fire HydrantJan-20
BSWSD-26-10Typical Valve/Tee RestraintDec-20
BSWSD 26-11Water Main Crossing Below Existing Sewer LineJan-20
BSWSD 26-12Water Service Line 4″ and LargerJan-20
BSWSD 26-14Standard Fire Service Line Class I-VDec-20
BSWSD 26-15Gate Valve & Valve Box InstallationJan-20
BSWSD 26-18Buried Water Service Line InsulationMay-20
BSWSD 26-19Typical 8″ x 3″ PRV StationJan-20
BSWSD 26-20AMueller/Hunt 1″ Single Meter Coil PitMay-10
BSWSD 26-20BFord 1″ Single Meter PitMay-10
BSWSD 26-21Mueller 18″ Flat Lid with 2″ Touch Read HoleMar-16
BSWSD 26-22AResidential Water Service Line With Pit-Set Meter Transceiver Unit (MXU)Jan-20
BSWSD 26-22BShared Fire and Domestic Water Service Line With Pit-Set Meter Transceiver Unit (MXU)Jan-20
BSWSD 26-23AResidential Water Service Line With Non Pit-Set Wall Mounted Meter Transceiver Unit (MXU)Jan-20
BSWSD 26-23BShared Fire and Domestic Water Service Line With Non Pit-Set Wall Mounted Meter Transceiver Unit (MXU)Jan-20
BSWSD 26-24Residential Irrigation System – Outside Installation With Above Ground Backflow VaultMay-10
BSWSD 26-25Residential Irrigation System – Inside Installation With Meter and Back flow in Basement or CrawlspaceJan-20
BSWSD 26-26Pipe To Pipe Connection DetailDec-20
BSWSD 26-27Water Services With A Common Trench For Multi-Plex UnitsJan-20
BSWSD 26-29AIrrigation Water Vault – Vertical Pluming InstallationMay-10
BSWSD 26-31Air Release Valve and Vault 8″- 12″ Water MainsMay-10
BSWSD 26-32Shared Fire and Domestic Service Line for Sizes 2″ and SmallerJan-20
BSWSD 26-33Shared Fire and Domestic Service Line for Sizes 4″ and LargerJan-20
BSWSD 26-39Domestic Service Line for 2″ and SmallerJan-20

Standard Sewer Drawings

Index NumberDescriptionRevision Date (Month-Year)
BSWSD 22-02ATypical Utility Trench – 1Jan-20
BSWSD 22-02BTypical Utility Trench with Pavement Surface  Restoration – 2Jan-20
BSWSD 22-03Trench Plug Excavation DetailFeb-10
BSWSD 26-02Water and Sewer Main and Service Separation Dec-19
BSWSD 27-01Sanitary Sewer Service LineMay-10
BSWSD 27-02Typical Sanitary Sewer Service Line Installation with Clean OutsMay-10
BSWSD 27-03Sanitary Sewer ManholeMay-10
BSWSD 27-04Flat-Top Sanitary and Storm Sewer ManholeMay-10
BSWSD 27-05Nomograph for Air Testing Gravity Sewer MainsFeb-10
BSWSD 27-06Typical Residential Sewage Lift Station (Solids Handling Type)Feb-10
BSWSD 27-07Typical Manhole Channel DetailsFeb-10
BSWSD 27-08Standard Manhole Cast Iron CoverFeb-10
BSWSD 27-09Standard 24″ Cast Iron Manhole RingFeb-10
BSWSD 27-10Typical Grease InterceptorFeb-10
BSWSD 27-11Typical Forced Main Connection to Gravity Sewer MainFeb-10
BSWSD 27-12Buried Sewer Service Line InsulationMay-10
BSWSD 27-13Protective Barrier Sleeve & Cover for Sanitary Sewer Service Clean outJun-10
BSWSD 27-14Spanish Peaks Sanitary Sewer Service Index MapJul-10
BSWSD 27-15Spanish Peaks Grinder Pump Sewer ServiceJun-10
BSWSD 27-16Spanish Peaks “Step” Installation Phase 1B &1CJun-10
BSWSD 27-17Spanish Peaks “Step” Installation Phase 2Jun-10

Water and Sewer Service Line Installation Check List

  1. A Sewer/Water Connection Inspection Permit must be obtained from the District before any connection is made to the District’s sewer collection system or water distribution system. AN APPROVED SEWER/WATER CONNECTION INSPECTION PERMIT MUST BE MADE AVAILABLE AT THE JOB SITE UPON REQUEST (Section 304, WSD363 Ordinance 97-1001).
  2. The owner is responsible for the cost of the sewer and water services from the building drain to the lateral stub at the property line (WSD363 Ordinances 97-1001 and 99-1002).
  3. All sewer lateral stubs shall be located by the District personnel with the best information available. The owner or their contractor is responsible for finding the sewer lateral stub.
  4. All connections to the District’s public sewer & water systems shall be to the sewer lateral stub and/or water service curb stop at the lot line. If a sewer lateral stub and/or water service curb stop have not been stubbed to the lot line, then the Owner will be responsible for the cost of installing a lateral and/or curb stop from the main line to the property line.
  5. Before installing a sewer or water service, the contractor should inspect the existing sewer lateral stub at the property line (if one exists) to determine if there is enough pitch from the structure to the sewer connection, and the location of the water curb stop.
  6. The contractor is responsible for maintaining all service line set back requirements to structures, lot lines, private wells, etc. Where applicable, the contractor and home owner are responsible for any variances needed to install either a sewer or water service line.
  7. All sewer laterals and water services must be constructed and laid in accordance with the Montana Public Works Standard Specifications, or any other applicable regulations of the District including but not limited to the following specifications: 
    a. Pipe Bedding – 6″ under lateral and 6″ over lateral piping, using 3/4″ WASHED ROCK as bedding material is required (Section 02221 and Standard Drawing 02724-1)
    b. Minimum Slope –  All sewer laterals must be installed at a minimum slope of 2.00% (1/4″ PER FOOT) (Standard Drawing 02724-1)
    c. Clean Outs – One DOUBLE SWEEP TEE  is required within 10 feet from the building, and a DOUBLE SWEEP TEE every 100 feet thereafter (Section 406 and 1107, Uniform Plumbing Code), and a DOUBLE SWEEP TEE shall also be installed at the lot or easement line. All clean outs must have cast iron covers.
    d. Locate Wire – All sewer laterals and water service lines must be installed with locate wire, #12 AWG insulated, and locate tape 2 feet above sewer lateral and/or water service line.
    e. Materials –  All SEWER LATERAL pipe shall be schedule 40 PVC. No thin wall pipe (including schedule 35 PVC) is permitted. All WATER SERVICE LINES  shall be a minimum of 1 inch diameter and shall be class SDR-7, PE-3408 polyethylene pressure pipe minimum of 200 psi pressure rating. Pipe shall be Phillips Driscopipe Ultra line 5100 or a District approved equal.
    f. Accessibility –  All CLEAN OUTS and CURB STOPS will be readily accessible at the completion of the project.
  8. All septic tanks, holding tanks, and dry wells must be pumped out and abandoned in accordance with all state and local regulators.
  9. All sewer laterals and water services must be inspected, tested and approved by a representative from the District prior to back filling over the sewer and water services.
  10. The sewer and/or water lateral contractor must have the site prepared safe for inspection and connection to the public sewer and/or water systems.
  11. In areas where groundwater conditions necessitate dewatering, the sewer lateral contractor shall use appropriate dewatering equipment and comply with all local and state regulations. The sewer lateral contractor shall not use any part of the District;s sewer collection system for trench dewatering.
  12. The sewer lateral contractor is responsible for the removal of any mud, sand, or other debris which enters the sewer system as a result of the lateral installation procedure.
  13. The sewer lateral and/or water service contractor is responsible for any damages, or disturbance to the public right-of-way and roads. Restoration of the public right-of-way will be the responsibility of the sewer lateral and/or water service contractor. The restoration work must be completed in a manner that is satisfactory to the District. (Section 608, WSD363 Ordinance 97-1001).
  14. Sewer/Water Connection Permits are generally valid for a period of ONE YEAR for most projects from the date of issuance. Te sewer and water laterals must be installed and inspected within the term of the permit, if they are not, the owner may file for a permit extension. If construction has not commenced within one year form the date of permit issuance the permit will become null and void.
  15. Sewer laterals and water service laterals shall not be laid in a common trench. At least 10 feet of separation must be maintained without prior approval of the District, If sewer & water lines cross. at least 18 inches of separation must be maintained,
  16. See District website WWW.BIGSKYWATERSEWER.COM for more information about the District’s Standard Specifications and Requirements.

Approved Water Parts List

BALL VALVE (Under 2")

GATE VALVE (2" and up)

OS&Y VALVE (4" and up)

WYE STRAINER

PRESSURE REDUCING VALVE (PRV)

DOUBLE CHECK BACKFLOW PREVENTION ASSEMBLY (DC)

REDUCED PRESSURE PRINCIPAL BACKFLOW PREVENTION ASSEMBLY (RPZ)

“RPZ’s” are primarily used on fire suppresion systems, please use “DC’s” (Double Checks) on domestic systems.)

WATTS 009QT-S
AMES 4000B

TRACER WIRE (BLUE WIRE MUST BE USED FOR WATER)

LOCATE TAPE (2" FOR SERVICE LINE, 6" FOR MAIN LINE)

MUST BE FOR POTABLE WATER

INSULATION (BLUE BOARD)

SERVICE LINE WATER PIPE

CURB BOX

CURB STOPS

“Compression Fittings MUST Have Pack Joint Nut”

A.Y. MCDONALD – 76104-33
MUELLER 25142N
A.Y. MCDONALD – 76104-33
A.Y. MCDONALD – 76105
FORD – B66 IPS

“Stop & Waste” Curb Stops Are NOT Allowed

TAPPING SLEEVES

SMITH BLAIR 662 (Allowed ONLY up to 12″)
FORD FTSS (Allowed ONLY up to 12″)

SERVICE SADDLES

CORPORATION STOPS

BLOW-OFF HYDRANT

MAINLINE WATER PIPE

Ductile Iron Class 51 or Class 52 ONLY (If your job involves another type of pipe contact one of our operators immediately!) 

CLASS 51 DUCTILE IRON TYTON JOINT PIPE
CLASS 51 DUCTILE IRON US PIPE
CLASS 51 DUCTILE IRON MCWANE
C-900 NORTHERN PIPE (Not Allowed)

"GRIPPER GASKET"

VALVE BOX

SIP INDUSTRIES
STAR PIPE
TYLER UNION
SIGMA

“Valve Extensions” Must NOT Be Secured With Nut

VALVE BOX EXTENSION

MECHANICAL JOINT FITTINGS

GATE VALVES (MAINLINE)

MUELLER A-2361
MUELLER A-2361-19
MUELLER A-2361-6
MUELLER A-2361-23
C 509 Kennedy Gate Valve (May only be used with special approval contact BSWSD water operators for details.)

RESTRAINT JOINTS

MECHANICAL COUPLINGS

HYMAX 2 (May only be used with special approval contact BSWSD water operators for details.)
SMITH BLAIR QUANTUM (May only be used with special approval contact BSWSD water operators for details.)
ROMAC ALPHA 8″-12″ Installation Guide
ROMAC MACRO 4″-12″
ROMAC SST DI FLANGE (May only be used with special approval contact BSWSD water operators for details.)

JUMPER BONDS AND CAD WELD

FIRE HYDRANTS

Approved Sewer Parts List

TRACER WIRE (GREEN WIRE MUST BE USED FOR SEWER)

LOCATE TAPE (2" FOR SERVICE LINE, 6" FOR MAIN LINE)

MUST BE FOR SEWER

INSULATION (BLUE BOARD)

SEWER SERVICE LINE PIPE

MAINLINE SEWER PIPE

SEWER PIPE FITTINGS (MAINLINE)

CLEAN OUT COVER (MONUMENT COVER)

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of bedding do I need?

3/4″ Washed Rock.

Can I use any other type of bedding?

No, 3/4″ Washed Rock is the only type of bedding allowed in the Big Sky County Water & Sewer District.
Sand, pea gravel, 3/4″ screened rock, and/or crusher fines are NOT allowed.

How much bedding do I need?

6″ on all sides of pipe, underneath, above and on both sides the width of the ditch.

How deep does my water line need to be?

7′ Minimum 8′ Maximum, Foam Board Insulation must be installed under all driving surfaces.

Do I need tracer wire and locate tape?

Yes, all potable water lines must have both tracer wire and locate tape. Tracer wire is to be taped to the pipe every 5′. Locate tape is to be installed 2′ above the water line.

Do I need to use polywrap on water mains?

No, but we do recommend using poly wrap around valve boxes and fire hydrants (to allow for easy adjustment (valve box) and to protect the weep hole from clogging(fire hydrant).

What kind of wye can I use at the sewer clean out?

All wye’s for sewer clean outs MUST be double sweep stlye.

WATER & SEWER MAIN EXTENSION GENERAL INFORMATION

This document was prepared to provide engineers, contractors and developers with the latest approved design and construction methods for water and sewer infrastructure installations and repairs within the boundaries of the Big Sky County Water and Sewer District #363 (BSWSD).

Why are there BSWSD special provisions? With its colder climate and steeper terrain there are many unique challenges in Big Sky to successfully install water and sewer infrastructure that differ from other areas of the state. The BSWSD SPECIAL PROVISIONS and STANDARD DRAWINGS detail those special requirements not covered and/or different than what is in Montana Public Works Standard Specifications Sixth Edition, April 2010. This document supersedes related MPWSS installation requirements and/or requirements from other areas of the State. Although this document is primarily designed for major infrastructure work, many sections are applicable to smaller projects such as single service line installations. For more information on how this document applies to your project, contact the BSWSD office at 561 Little Coyote Rd. Big Sky MT. 59716 or call (406)-995-2660.

WHERE THIS DOCUMENT APPLIES

What’s known as the Big Sky “area” is not an incorporated city or town such as Bozeman with a single governing body under one roof that manages all services including public works. Which areas of Big Sky these special provisions do and don’t apply can be confusing. The following is a brief explanation of the different jurisdictions within Big Sky to help make this more clear.

The unincorporated Big Sky area consists of separate governing “Districts” ‘ (example BSWSD and Big Sky Fire District, etc.) that have different boundaries which overlap. The BSWSD boundary can be found on the BSWSD website at www.bigskywatersewer.com. Within the Big Sky area are also several major privately owned and independent “developments”, such as Yellowstone Club, Spanish Peaks and Moonlight. In most cases these private developments are outside the BSWSD’s service boundary. With the exception of Spanish Peaks, these developments independently manage and control their own water and sewer operations.

Spanish Peaks does control and operate their own drinking water system but they are partnered with the BSWSD for their Sewer System. What this means for any new development plan within Spanish Peaks is that the sewer design, construction and approval portion falls under the jurisdiction of the BSWSD, however the water main design portion will fall under the jurisdiction of the Spanish Peaks development company. One caveat to this last statement on the drinking water system is the acquiring and installation of water meters within Spanish Peaks. The BSWSD determines individual sewer rate charges to its customers based on the amount of water that they use. To stay consistent with this the BSWSD takes a cooperative roll with Spanish Peaks to assure compatible, readable water meters are properly installed. When applying for a sewer permit to connect a residence or commercial unit within Spanish Peaks to the BSWSD sewer system there is also a water meter application process included that addresses the issue. This includes acquisition and proper installation requirements of the water meters and also the meter reading system. More information is available at the BSWSD office.

SPECIAL PROVISIONS EXPLAINED

All water and sewer utility projects within BSWSD shall be designed, performed and constructed in accordance with applicable sections of the Montana Public Works Standard Specifications, Sixth Edition, April 2010 (MPWSS).

Where a corresponding BSWSD modification to MPWSS does not exist for a Section of MPWSS, the reader shall assume the work is to be completed in accordance with the appropriate MPWSS Section. When a corresponding BSWSD modification to the MPWSS does exist the requirements of that modification supersede the related MPWSS requirement. The same holds true for BSWSD Standard Drawings; however, there are some BSWSD Standard Drawings which do not replace or supersede the MPWSS Standard Drawing, but are additional drawings created specifically for the BSWSD.

Each Section of the MPWSS that has been modified is listed in the Table of Contents of the “BSWSD Modifications to Montana Public Works Standard Specifications and Drawings.”

Beware the entire Section from the MPWSS has not been rewritten for these modifications. Instead, modifications are indicated for a specific subsection, paragraph, sentence or drawing.

BSWSD also requires that all persons comply with the rules and regulations of the BSWSD’s Sewer and Water Use Ordinances 97-1001 and 99-1002. This ordinance can also be found on the BSWSD website at www.bigskywatersewer.com.

The BSWSD is not insensitive to the cost and timing challenges of new developments however BSWSDs primary responsibility is to maintain and protect the long term integrity of the existing water and sewer system for the rate payers. The BSWSD personnel reserves the right to final decision pertaining to any aspect of design, new construction, repair or alteration to the water and sewer system in the BSWSD. To avoid costly and frustrating delays during design and construction of water and sewer infrastructure within the BSWSD, take the time to become familiar with this document.

PLAN APPROVAL AND NOTICE TO PROCEED

It is important to understand that although the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) plan review and approval is required on all public water and sewer main extensions inside the BSWSD, Montana DEQ approval alone does not constitute a notice or permission to proceed. All final revised engineered plans must be submitted for review and approval to the BSWSD in addition to the Montana DEQ prior to any construction. To avoid delays in construction it is strongly advised that the engineered plans and shop submittals be first submitted to the BSWSD for review and approval prior to being submitted to Montana DEQ.

PRE-CONSTRUCTION CONFERENCE REQUIRED

Before the start of construction of any main extensions or alterations to the BSWSD water and sewer system a pre-construction conference attended by the Contractor, the Project Engineer, the approved resident full-time Inspecting Engineer and BSWSD representative(s) must be held at the BSWSD office at 561 Little Coyote Road, Big Sky Montana. The Contractor shall arrange to have all supervisory personnel and a representative from each of the affected utility companies connected with the project to attend the meeting to discuss the project and issues anticipated. It is recommended that the developer/owner of the project also attend.

If applicable prior to the pre-construction meeting the Contractor shall also provide for the BSWSD’s approval a plan showing any flow by-pass plans to be used to continue sewer service during construction, or water main shut offs and/or temporary water service plan during construction. If construction has the potential to affect roads and traffic, a traffic control plan must also be submitted to the BSWSD before the pre-construction meeting. Any traffic control permits or permission required by any agency shall be the responsibility of the Contractor.

FULL TIME CONSTRUCTION INSPECTION REQUIRED

The Project Engineer will furnish a licensed, qualified full time inspecting engineer. This very important field inspector is required to be on site during all construction to witness and record any and all work that will eventually be accepted by the BSWSD. This will include, but is not limited to, all trench excavation, pipe installation, and testing that is required by these specifications and the MPW Standard Specifications. Digital video and/or photographs should be taken of all significant connections. Sub-meter accurate gps coordinates gathered of all assets installed including but not limited to all bends, tees, crosses, couplers, long sleeves, curb stops, fire hydrants, main line valves, sewer clean outs, manholes, sewer lift stations, grease traps, blow off hydrants, prv vaults and water or sewer fittings on both service lines and main lines converted to Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) coordinates using WGS 84 datum. Any deviations from approved plans during construction need to be measured and recorded to assure an accurate set of as-constructed drawings at the end of the project. The Project Engineer shall provide the BSWSD with a resume of the Inspecting Engineers qualifications for the BSWSD’S approval at least five working days before the pre-construction meeting is held.

SHOP AND FABRICATION DRAWINGS

Prior to the pre-construction meeting, the Project Engineer shall prepare and submit to the BSWSD fabrication drawings, design mix information, material testing compliance data, and other pertinent data in accordance with the General Conditions. Following BSWSD review, they shall resubmit copies of any drawings which required revision or correction.

PROTECTION OF EXISTING WATER AND SEWER AND OTHER UTILITIES

The BSWSD shall be notified through the Underground Utility Locate Center (UULC) 1-800-424-5555) before any work at or near existing sewer and water lines commences. The Contractor is cautioned that all existing utilities may not be included in the UULC system. It shall be solely the responsibility of the Contractor to fully coordinate his work with all of the utility agencies and to keep them informed of the construction activities so that these vital installations are fully protected at all times

The Contractor shall take all necessary precautions to protect the BSWSD’s existing sewer and water mains if they are exposed by work. The Contractor shall be responsible for removing any debris or other material that may inadvertently enter the BSWSD’s sewer collection system through manholes or open mains by BSWSD’s approved method. In addition, the Contractor is prohibited from discharging or causing to be discharged any waste or substance to the public sewer system as specified in the BSWSD’s Sewer Use Ordinance. Flushing of water or sewer mains to the BSWSD’s sewer collection system is prohibited without prior written approval of the BSWSD.

EASEMENTS, RIGHTS-OF-WAY, ADJOINING PROPERTIES

The Contractor shall contain all construction operations within the platted utility easements and right-of-way. Any damage to adjoining properties shall be the sole responsibility of the Contractor.

DISPOSAL, EROSION, WATER POLLUTION AND SILTATION CONTROL

The Contractor is responsible for proper disposal of all waste soils and discarded materials unless otherwise directed. Where waste materials are disposed of on private property the owner’s written permission shall be obtained and provided to the BSWSD. Contractor shall comply with all local, state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to erosion control, wetlands and floodplains. The Contractor shall dispose of all refuse and discarded material in an approved location.

The Contractor shall exercise every reasonable precaution throughout the life of the project to prevent pollution or siltation of rivers, streams or impoundments. Pollutants such as chemicals, fuels, lubricants, bitumen’s, raw sewage, and other harmful wastes shall not be discharged into or alongside rivers, streams, impoundments or into natural or manmade channels leading thereto. In addition, the Contractor shall conduct and schedule his operations to avoid muddying or silting of rivers, streams or impoundments. The Contractor shall meet the requirements of the applicable regulations of the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Department of Environmental Quality, the Department of Natural Resources & Conservation and other State or Federal regulations relating to the prevention or abatement of water pollution and siltation.

The Contractor’s specific attention is directed to the Montana Water Pollution Control Act and the Montana Stream Preservation Act. The Contractor shall be responsible for obtaining any required discharge permits associated with erosion control and groundwater dewatering operations. Contractor’s responsibility shall include all cleanup, restoration, etc. of any detention or discharge areas.

PROTECTION OF EXISTING PAVEMENT

All equipment shall be fitted with pads on the outriggers and other accessories as necessary to prevent damage to existing pavement during the project. Any damages to pavement shall be corrected by the Contractor, at their expense, in a manner directed by the Project Engineer and BSWSD.

OPERATION OF EXISTING AND NEW VALVES

All existing BSWSD water main valves shall be operated by authorized personnel of the BSWSD only. If permitted by the BSWSD when new or existing valves are to be used to charge new water mains from the BSWSD water distribution system, they shall be operated by BSWSD personnel only.

SALVAGEABLE ITEMS

At the BSWSD discretion any items removed from the existing water and sewer system shall remain the property of the BSWSD and shall be delivered to a site specified by the BSWSD. Any items not accepted for salvage by the BSWSD shall be the responsibility of the Contractor

to dispose at their expense at a site or landfill acceptable to the BSWSD and the Project Engineer.

PRELIMINARY AND FINAL WALK-THROUGH INSPECTION

After a water or sewer main extension has been completely installed according to the approved plans and specifications, the Inspecting Engineer shall do a preliminary walk through him or herself to visually inspect that all exposed components such as, but not limited to, valves, valve-boxes, fire hydrants, hydrant bollards, curb stops, sewer manholes and clean outs are set to the proper final depth, still straight, working correctly and in like new condition. It is the responsibility of the Project Owner and the Contractor to protect and assure every component of the newly installed infrastructure has not, or does not get damaged or compromised in any way throughout the entire duration of the project up to the point of final project closeout and acceptance by the BSWSD.

If the Inspecting Engineer finds deficiencies a punch list will be prepared listing all deficiencies, damage or incomplete portions of the project and submitted to the contractor for remedy. A copy of the punch list shall also be sent to BSWSD at the same time.

When the contractor has completed this punch list to the Inspecting Engineers complete satisfaction then a “final walk-through” can be scheduled with the BSWSD personnel to verify the extension is completed properly. The BSWSD expects the final walk through with the inspecting Engineer and BSWSD personnel to be a one time formality. BSWSD will rely on the Project Engineer and the Inspecting Engineer to decide when the project is truly ready for the final walk through.

PROJECT CERTIFICATION AND TRANSFER AGREEMENT

Once the final walk through is completed to the BSWSD’s satisfaction the Project Engineer shall submit documents for final project certification to the BSWSD. The items listed here are typical of documents needed to complete a transfer agreement but may not be a complete list. The full list of necessary documents, local and state approvals, easements and warranty security will differ with each individual water or sewer extension. Contact the BSWSD manager for a complete list for your project. No water or sewer service can be initiated from a new water or sewer main extension until the transfer agreement has been fully executed.

  • Signed letter certifying that the project inspector was on site full time and can verify the extension has been completed according to the approved plans and specifications unless otherwise noted.
  • Copy of MDEQ approval of plans and specifications
  • Copy of Fire Department approval of plans and specifications for water extensions.
  • Copy of applicable permits and/or letters for stream crossings.
  • Stamped and signed as-constructed/as-built drawings consisting of two sets of full size 36×24 and two sets of 11X 17 blue line prints, As-constructed drawings should be “clean” drawings, updated with any approved changes made during construction and reflect exactly what was constructed. Marked up construction drawings with changes or deleted items crossed out or hand written in, stamped As-built, will not be accepted.
  • Copies of the as-constructed drawings in electronic format compatible with AutoCAD Civil 3D or other District approved engineering design project files. Also include a layered PDF file of the as-constructed drawings.
  • Sewer video and video inspection reports.
    Copy of all inspection field notes and construction inspection photographs and video.
  • Copy of “Certificate of
  • Substantial Completion”
  • Summary spreadsheet listing final construction costs and schedule of values separated for sewer and water improvements.
  • Legal Description of of subdivision or property served by extension(s)
  • Exhibits on 8 1/2 X 11 or 11X 17 paper showing the sewer and/or water extensions being conveyed to the District. Separate for sewer and water respectively.
  • Engineer’s letter certifying project construction in accordance with project plans and specifications.
  • Warranty security as of 10% project cost as: 1 – Bond, 2 – Cash deposit, or 3 – Letter of credit.
  • Executed Transfer Agreement for sewer and/or water extension
  • Documentation that As-built drawings sent to MDEQ\
  • Copies of applicable State & County building or land use permits.
  • Pressure test results and lab test results for new water main extensions.
  • Copy of sub-meter accurate gps coordinates of all assets installed including but not limited to all bends, tees, crosses, couplers, long sleeves, curb stops, fire hydrants, main line valves, sewer clean outs, manholes, sewer lift stations, grease traps, blow off hydrants, prv vaults and water or sewer fittings on both service lines and main lines converted to Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) coordinates using WGS 84 datum. Contact the BSWSD for current file format preference.
  • All applicable operation and maintenance manuals, equipment warranties, equipment startup and training schedules.
  • Easements if not covered by Plat.