Water Utilities Use of Asset Management Practices: Assessments and Opportunities

Alfred Caldwell (Editor)

Series: Water Resource Planning, Development and Management
BISAC: TEC010030

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Recent catastrophic breaks in water mains and sewer discharges during storms are indicators of the nation’s old and deteriorating water and wastewater infrastructure. EPA estimates that small water utilities—those serving fewer than 10,000 people–may need about $143 billion for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure repairs and replacement over 20 years. EPA and USDA provide the three largest sources of federal funding for water infrastructure. In a March 2004 report, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that water utilities may benefit from implementing asset management—a tool used across a variety of sectors to manage physical assets, such as roads and buildings. This book examines what is known about the use of asset management among the nation’s water utilities—particularly small water utilities— including benefits and challenges and steps EPA and USDA are taking to help small water utilities implement asset management. (Imprint: Novinka)

Preface

Chapter 1. Water Infrastructure: EPA and USDA Are Helping Small Water Utilities with Asset Management; Opportunities Exist to Better Track Results
United States Government Accountability Office

Chapter 2. Water Infrastructure: Comprehensive Asset Management Has Potential to Help Utilities Better Identify Needs and Plan Future Investments
United States General Accounting Office

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