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This paper focuses on how the planning components of infrastructure management can ensure that an effective roadmap is put in place for long term infrastructure management. Consoer Townsend Envirodyne Engineers, Inc. (CTE) experience with the Urbana Champaign Sanitary District (UCSD) infrastructure management program provides concrete examples and the details of the process.

CTE was retained by the UCSD in December 1998 to perform an Infrastructure Needs Assessment evaluation and Long Range Facility Planning for the 17.5 mgd design average flow Northeast Treatment Plant (NETP) and the 8 mgd design average flow Southwest Treatment Plant (SWTP). This process resulted in the need for expansion of the SWTP and rehabilitation of both plants. Infrastructure management is increasingly becoming a dominant theme for entities seeking to remain competitive.

Infrastructure management can be defined as the systematic strategic planning, funding, design, construction, operation and maintenance of an entity's constructed assets. As the competing interests of increased pollution control requirements and available funding is continually magnified, municipal water pollution control authorities must find ways to stretch the longevity of constructed assets, preserve the facilities' performance, find excess capacity, and plan for logical, cost-effective renovations and expansions.

Sound infrastructure management should provide a municipality with a process to systematically achieve the following key activities:

Identify needed on-going immediate repairs

Identify potential regulatory issues affecting infrastructure

Identify service area growth

Identify land use changes affecting influent conditions

Identify new cost-effective equipment and systems

Identify cost savings and conservation strategies

Determine effluent and biosolids management policies

Identify required major renovations, expansions, and increased treatment requirements

Develop implementation schedules and Capital Improvement Programs (CIPs)

Determine funding mechanisms

Define operation and maintenance requirements

Implement design and construction of needed infrastructure

Meet the requirements of GASB 34

Provide for stakeholder involvement
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2002-01-01

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