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DESIGN STANDARDS MANUAL & PROJECT REVIEW GUIDELINES

This Design Standards Manual has been developed for use by engineers, consultants and developers working on water, sanitary, and stormwater utility projects within the City of Bloomington Utilities’ (CBU) jurisdiction in Bloomington, Indiana; and should be used in conjunction with the current issue of Construction Specifications for City of Bloomington Utilties. This manual does not constitute a complete list of design criteria, but is to be used as a guide that will provide conformity to the design and plan review process. These Standards are not intended to replace sound engineering judgment nor any applicable standards of practice, permits, laws, or rules and regulations enforced by local, state, or federal guidelines. Designers should consider the applicability of the contents of this document to specific projects and, based on the characteristics and requirements of the projects, make adjustments accordingly.

The sections of this manual identify routine or standard design assumptions and practices used and accepted by this Department. Deviations from these Standards, and special or unique design situations should be thoroughly addressed in writing to the Utilities Engineer for acceptance and approval during the plan review process.

Each of the items listed within this manual may or may not be individually addressed in plan review correspondence to the engineer or consultant, but all guidelines applicable to a project will be required to be met prior to Final Acceptance and Approval of the plan design.

All Utility Project Review Applications and plan sets submitted to CBU should be routed to the Engineering Utilities Technician for check in and distribution. A Notification of Receipt of Plans letter will be issued listing your project data and review team.

Submitting in Person or via Mail / Parcel Delivery:

City of Bloomington Utilities
Attn: Engineering Utilities Technician
600 E Miller Drive
Bloomington, IN 47401
Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm

 

WATER:

All projects connecting to the City of Bloomington Utilities Water System must submit plans for review and approval by our Engineering staff. As part of the project review, please reference the items outlined in our Design Standard Manual and Project Review Guidelines. All water main extensions must complete the IDEM NOI to Construct a Water Main Extension Application. Submit a completed application to our office for review and signature. For all water mains providing fire service, please refer to the FIRELINES section of the Design Standard Manual. Commercial and multi-family service lines must install a backflow prevention device(s); please refer to the BACKFLOW PREVENTION section of the Design Standard Manual. New Services & Tap information can also be found in the Design Standards Manual. Fee information is also available on the website under the FORMS & FAQ’s section.

  • Design Standards Manual – WATER Section
  • Design Standards Manual – FIRELINE Section
  • Design Standards Manual – BACKFLOW PREVENTION Section
  • Design Standards Manual – NEW SERVICES & TAP APPROVALS Section
  • PWS Info & Peak Demand Days
  • IDEM Permit Guide – Water & Sewer
  • BACKFLOW PROGRAM

 

SANITARY SEWER:

All projects connecting to the City of Bloomington Utilities Sanitary Sewer System must submit plans for review and approval by our Engineering staff. As part of the project review, please reference the items outlined in our Design Standard Manual and Project Review Guidelines. All sanitary sewer main extensions must complete the IDEM Sewer Construction Permit Application. Submit a completed application to our office for review and signature. For any projects requiring Pretreatment review, please refer to the PRETREATMENT section in our Design Standards Manual.

 

STORMWATER:

All Stormwater projects are reviewed by our Engineering staff. As part of the project review, please reference the items outlined in our Design Standard Manual and Project Review Guidelines. A full Stormwater review will include the utility plan & profiles, a grading plan, the stormwater drainage report, and any associated Operation & Maintenance Manual or Facility Operation & Maintenance Plan for the BMP’s.

 

MS4 - Rule 5:

Any project requiring a Rule 5 review must submit a separate set of plans, application, and review fee to our office. For a list of review requirements, please click here, or contact the MS4 Coordinator at (812)349-3656 or Stormwater@bloomington.in.gov.

Submitting in Person or via Mail / Parcel Delivery:

City of Bloomington Utilities
Attn: MS4 Coordinator
600 E Miller Drive
Bloomington, IN 47401
Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm

 

LANDSCAPING, UTILITY EASEMENTS & PLATS:

All projects must submit a Site & Utility Plan showing the easements (existing & proposed), a Landscape Plan, and a Final Plat (if required). For additional information, please reference the items outlined in our Design Standard Manual and Project Review Guidelines. All questions should be directed to our Land Acquisitions Coordinator at (812)349-3628.

  • Design Standards Manual – LANDSCAPING / EASEMENTS / PLATS Section

 

Refer to our FORMS & FAQ’s section to print or download these documents: