If you're not familiar,
Ohio enacted new legislature in June of 2017 mandating that all public water systems in the state be required to have an asset management plan in place by October 1, 2018.
The goal is to improve water quality across Ohio's 4,000 public water systems, with a focus on reducing phosphorus in Lake Erie's Western Basin by 40 percent come 2025.
Here's what you need to know to get started, with additional resources below.
This is how the US EPA defines it:
"Asset management is the practice of managing infrastructure capital assets to minimize the total cost of owning and operating these assets while delivering the desired service levels. Many utilities use asset management to pursue and achieve sustainable infrastructure. A high-performing asset management program includes detailed asset inventories, operation and maintenance tasks, and long-range financial planning."
It affects a wide range of people in Ohio, namely those working on city council or advisory boards, as well as those affiliated with GIS and water distribution.
First, you don't want to be deemed non-compliant come October 2018. Second, there are many benefits to an asset management plan beyond compliance. With an effective plan in place, you'll be able to conquer preventive maintenance before any assets fail, as well as put together a proper, data-backed case for why capital investments are needed.
Don't wait. The time to start prepping for this mandate is now. That's because proof of compliance will require data, and that information doesn't pop up overnight. It can take months to collect the data the EPA will want to see. Not only that, setting up your asset management plan isn't a quick turnaround. While it isn't that difficult if you have the right approach and software, it does take time and effort to form an organized, effective plan. Start now and save yourself the headache come October.
Here's what the Ohio EPA lists: