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Maintaining High Quality Service with Targeted Investments: Development of an Asset Management Plan for a Large Utility

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The Piscataway Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) is located in Accokeek, MD. Initially commissioned in the 1960s and currently with an average daily design capacity of 114,000 m3/d (30 mgd), the Piscataway WWTP is one of the oldest and largest facilities owned and operated by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC). Its size, age, and effluent treatment requirements make the Piscataway WWTP an ideal candidate for asset management planning. An asset management plan (AMP) has been developed for the Piscataway WWTP and WSSC has recently begun implementation of its recommendations. Development of the AMP required significant involvement from WSSC staff and provides recommendations to improve both the physical infrastructure of the facility, and recommendations for the personnel and business processes at the Piscataway WWTP to help implement the infrastructure improvements. This paper discusses the development process of the AMP and the value it has provided to the Piscataway WWTP and WSSC organization.
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Keywords: Asset management; Condition; Criticality; Piscataway; Risk; WSSC; consequence of failure; funding; level of service

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2011-01-01

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