PA ID# 071-06A69-00; Sewerage Water Board of New Orleans
PW ID# Project Worksheet 16363; Inspection of Sanitary Sewer Manholes
Citation: FEMA-1603-DR-LA, Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans,
Visual inspection of the sanitary sewer system manholes,
Project Worksheet (PW) 16363
Cross-reference: Eligible Work
Summary: Because of Hurricane Katrina, the Applicants sewer system was severely impacted. The Applicants Emergency Sewer System Assessment (ESSA) was broken into two Phases of work, Phase I and II. FEMA prepared PW 371 (Phase 1) in October 2005, for $13,630,471, which included the visual inspection of 23,000 of the sanitary sewer system manholes of the entire system of 25,283. FEMA prepared PW 16363 to fund the Phase II work, but reduced the number of eligible manhole inspections to 5,250 manholes due to the duplication from Phase I. In its first appeal, the Applicant appealed an amount of $1,703,000 for work associated with PW 16363 on the basis that 18,250 manhole inspections were required to develop the Phase II baseline assessment for the rest of the system not addressed in Phase I. The Regional Administrator denied the first appeal and reduced the eligible funding by an additional $414,877 to account for duplicated manholes from Phase I. In its second appeal, the Applicant argued that both Phase I and II of the ESSA could have required the inspection of the same manhole. The manholes were surcharged for two reasons, blockage in the system, or the failure of the pump stations. Since the pump stations were inoperative during Phase I, it was not possible to determine if system blockage or the pump stations being down caused the surcharged manholes. After the pump stations were back on line re-evaluation of some of the same manholes were required to determine the true blockage areas.
Issues:Did the Applicant demonstrate that inspecting the manholes more than once was warranted?