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Public Water Systems Asset Management

  • On  February 22, 2019 in |
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In Ohio, around 4,800 public water systems (PWS) serve approximately 11 million people daily. PWS are regulated by Ohio EPA’s Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) and are required to monitor their water regularly for contaminants. When a system doesn't meet a standard, consumers are notified.

DDAGW recently issued asset management rules requiring all PWS to implement an asset management program. Asset management has many different definitions, though in the end it means getting the most out of your assets at the lowest cost to the system. In other words, a water system should be servicing assets frequently enough to ensure that the assets are doing what they are meant to, without spending more time or money than is necessary to achieve those results. State law required that all public water systems develop an asset management program by Oct. 1, 2018.

Development and implementation of these asset management programs is underway. To help water systems implement these requirements, Ohio EPA is offering five-year, interest-free Asset Management Planning loans. Nominations for these loans are accepted at any time. More information about these loans or asset management program requirements can be found by clicking on the Asset Management tab at epa.ohio.gov/ddagw/pws.

For specific questions about asset management program requirements, please email Susan Schell or Emily Pohlmeyer or call (614) 644-2752.

Some key resources and guidance for small systems are available online:
  • Asset management templates for small community and non-community. Templates include the minimum requirements of an asset management program and can be built upon to account for system complexities.
  • Valve exercising program guidance.
  • Entities that operate a business or other function in addition to their public water system only need to include financials regarding the operation of the water system.

Renewing and replacing Ohio’s public water infrastructure is an ongoing task. Asset management can help maximize the value of PWS capital as well as their operations and maintenance dollars.