By Stephanie Seymanski, PE

The Montana State Legislature replenished planning grant funding for preparing Preliminary Engineering Reports. So what does this mean for municipal officials in Montana’s cities and towns, and how do you prepare a Preliminary Engineering Report? If you’re new to this funding process, here is some basic information on PERs and how they are prepared.

What is a PER?

A PER evaluates the condition, capacity, and function of a water, sewer, storm, or irrigation facility. A PER typically focuses on an existing facility but may also evaluate a new one. The PER also provides a source of information on the facility to staff, public officials, and funders.

A PER is an invaluable planning tool because it evaluates facility infrastructure, provides highly useful information, and recommends alternatives and projects, project budgets, schedules, and funding scenarios. These scenarios pave the way for future construction projects to address problems that negatively impact a community’s health, safety, and resources.

Ultimately, the PER is used as the basis for preparing construction grant applications to obtain funding to help build the construction project.