Managing Assets for Water Sustainability

  • David E. McNabbEmail author


Chapter 17 describes three types of water planning: integrated water management, integrated urban water management and asset management planning. Many states in the USA now require medium and large water and wastewater systems to submit asset management plans. To aid managers of small systems in the asset management planning processes, many state agencies have published a guide to help small systems develop their own asset plans. Some states require systems to submit an asset management plan before they can participate in the state water infrastructure resolving fund. The asset management-planning program is based on the desired level of service each water system provides its ratepayers.


Integrated water planning Asset management Level of service Repair and replacement scheduling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pacific Lutheran UniversityTacomaUSA

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