#2066 - "Advances in Water Pipeline Condition Assessment:" IEPA Course ID: 5419
Delivered on: 2-17-2012
RTC Hours: 1 Total Hours: 1
Presented by: Paul Schumi, Wachs Water Service
Utilities across North America are faced with aging water infrastructure that, if not addressed, may result in major political, financial, and economic issues. Although many municipalities understand the predicament, in some cases water infrastructure assessment and renewal is secondary to a reactive "fix-it-when-it-breaks” approach, or is secondary to other, more pressing services and social issues. Moreover, public officials and utility managers have been skeptical about raising rates to levels necessary to sustain their infrastructure in fear of the potential economic impact to their customers. This quandary has resulted in uncertainty for Utilities about the current condition and future performance of their water system assets.
Overcoming the Challenge:
In order to avoid this adverse situation, Utilities are implementing asset management strategies, or a combination of common sense practices that provide the required level of service in a cost effective manner. Utilities are considering a ten-step strategy that begins with identifying, locating, and assessing the condition of the water infrastructure; proceeds with determining the appropriate levels of service and the criticality of the assets; and culminates with establishing a funding strategy.
This strategy seeks to answer 5 basic questions:
1. What is the current state of the assets?
2. What is the required level of service?
3. What assets are critical to sustain performance?
4. What are the best O&M and Capital Improvement Program strategies?
5. What is the best funding strategy?
The answers to these questions are found through field operations, desk-top analysis, or a combination of both. Goals of the Presentation: The goals of the presentation are:
1. Present the status of water system assets across the US based on the assessment of over 750,000 assets performed to date.
2. Review with the audience a ten-step program to asset management that empowers the utility with information and control of their assets.
3. Showcase two major east-coast cities that have taken the beginning steps of inventorying and assessing the condition of their water infrastructure.
4. Review the available technologies for locating, inventorying, inspecting, and assessing water system assets, including internal inspection (CCTV) of small and large, in-service water mains.
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