HOW A UTILITY IS USING ASSET MANAGEMENT TO BECOME MORE COMPETITIVE
Abstract:Kansas City Water Services Department (WSD) provides water, wastewater and stormwater services to 650,000 customers in their 400 square mile service area. As part of a city-wide optimization program, WSD developed a Competitive Business Plan (CBP) which identified how WSD will improve service levels and minimize annual operating costs. Certain key conclusions in the CBP led WSD to adopt asset management as an integral part of its ongoing improvement program. The expected outcome is lower costs, assets that last longer, and more efficient use of WSD staff time. WSD has adopted the Australia/New Zealand approach to structure its program.
Phase 1 of the program has included several elements: review of computerized maintenance management practices; development of a conceptual information systems plan; preparation of an enterprise asset management plan; and definition of hierarchies and templates for asset inventories. Kansas City is one of the first utilities in the United States to commit to sustainable asset management practices as the foundation of its improvement program. This paper summarizes the results of Phase 1.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2002-01-01
More about this publication?
- Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation is an archive of papers published in the proceedings of the annual Water Environment Federation® Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC® ) and specialty conferences held since the year 2000. These proceedings are not peer reviewed. A subscription to the Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation includes access to most papers presented at the annual WEF Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) and other conferences held since 2000. Subscription access begins 12 months after the event and is valid for 12 months from month of purchase. A subscription to the Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation is included in Water Environment Federation (WEF) membership.
WEF Members: Sign in (right panel) with your IngentaConnect user name and password to receive complimentary access. Access begins 12 months after the conference or event
- Subscribe to this Title
- Membership Information
- About WEF Proceedings
- WEFTEC Conference Information
- Learn about the many other WEF member benefits and join today
- Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites