Coordinates / latitude and longitude

Rural addresses provided  in project applications do not always map accurately. As a result, the locations of rural systems are often difficult to verify properly. To remedy this problem, the Program Administrator has introduced new fields for latitude and longitude in Part 1 of the project application. The inclusion of coordinates will help reduce the incidence of errors and facilitate the review of applications.

Because the inclusion of coordinates may not be necessary for all systems, these fields currently are optional. To this end, on October 2, 2019 the Program Administrator issued a request for comments on whether latitude and longitude should be required fields for all systems, as well as any inefficiencies such a requirement may create.

Comments were due by Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 5pm CDT. The five comments submitted are below. The Program Administrator will announce shortly the determination of how the latitude and longitude fields will be implemented moving forward.


The Program’s response to the stakeholder-submitted comments and the final determination of the policy on the inclusion of coordinates in the Part 1 application is here.