Sharing Sustainable and Affordable Solutions

  • Be Proactive
  • Consider the Big Picture
  • Bridge Gaps
  • Learn  Best Practices
  • Strike a Balance
Welcome to the WEt Infrastructure Resource solution Center

WHAT WE ARE ABOUT

Best Practices

At WFRF we want to create a networking website to help educate and to offer visitors a “big picture” perspective regarding aging water and wastewater infrastructure (AWI). Our hope is that the AWI resource center will bring together engineers-operators-maintenance-finance-IT-utility management-elected officials-citizens and allow us to come one step closer to making sustainable and affordable water services a reality.

The Water Finance Research Foundation conducts research through surveys and case studies. WFRF also encourages municipalities and utilities to 

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Studies and Reports

Our nation's population centers are being plagued with sink holes and water boiling notices as our underground water and wastewater pipe networks fail. Three eras of pipe materials (1800's-1920's and Post-WWII) require 

renewal or replacement over the next decade due to age and corrosion.  It will not all fail at once, but it can not all be replaced at once either. Infrastructure asset management helps match the right timing to the available funding strategies. 

Our Water and Wastewater rates may need to increase to pay for the renewal and replacement of our aging and corroding infrastructure - however, we must implement asset management best practices in order to ensure that we manage our infrastructure at the lowest cost and at an acceptable level of service. 

Focused on real progress in managing aging water infrastructure across the U.S., WFRF is committed to finding effective best practices to implement.

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DEVELOP INTEGRATED ASSET MANAGEMENT PLANS

Asset Management Plans define current levels of service and the processes local governments use to manage each of their asset classes.

Plans should be developed for all major asset classes, including, but not limited to: roads, buildings, drainage, paths and parks infrastructure.

What is included in an Asset Management Plan?

  • Reference to an asset register (which records all assets and their location, acquisition, disposal, transfer and other relevant transactions based on best current information and random condition/performance sampling).
  • Defined levels of service for each asset category or particular actions required to provide a defined level of service in the most cost-effective manner.
  • Demand forecasting.
  • Risk management strategies.
  • Financial information such as asset values, depreciation rates, depreciated values, capital expenditure projections for new assets as a result of growth, or to renew, upgrade and extend assets.
  • Strategies to manage any funding gaps.
  • Consideration of alternative service delivery solutions (leasing, private/public partnerships, shared services arrangements).
  • Information on ‘whole of life’ costing including changes in service potential for assets.
  • A schedule for asset performance review and plan evaluation.
  • An asset management improvement program.
  • Clear linkages to other strategic documents such as the Corporate Business Plan, Long Term Financial Plan and Annual Budget.