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Asset Management Resources


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As the practice of asset management has grown in recent years, an extensive body of resources has become available to help develop our knowledge and practice of asset management. This includes resources for utilities, such as software and guidebooks, as well as resources to help our local officials understand and support asset management efforts.

Click to expand the resources below for more information on asset management best practices and approaches.


EPA Asset Management Resources

  • Asset Management: A Best Practices Guide (PDF) (4 pp, 274KB) (EPA-816-F-08-014, April 2008) This guide will help you understand what asset management means, the benefits of asset management, best practices in asset management and how to implement an asset management plan. It is intended for owners, managers and operators of public water systems, local officials, technical assistance providers and state personnel.

  • Building an Asset Management Team (PDF) (2 pp, 78KB) (EPA-816-F-08-016, April 2008) This guide will help you understand how forming and having a team can help your system successfully implement asset management and the components of a successful asset management team. It is intended for local officials, owners and operators of public water systems, technical assistance providers and state personnel.

  • Asset Management: A Handbook for Small Public Water Systems—STEP Guide Series (PDF) (50 pp, 976KB) Learn how to inventory system assets and develop a long-term maintenance plan to save money and avoid unexpected problems.

  • Check Up Program for Small Systems (CUPSS) Software CUPSS is a free, easy-to-use asset management tool for small drinking water and wastewater utilities. It provides a simple, comprehensive approach to implementing an asset management program and developing effective asset management plans. CUPSS is a computer-based program that allows users to take small steps into asset management, and is loaded with example data and tutorials. EPA has established a growing network of trainers to help new users get started.

Asset Management Partner Resources

  • New Mexico Environmental Finance Center's Asset Management Guide (PDF)Exit EPA Disclaimer (112 pp, 1.1MB) provides a practical, hands-on roadmap to implementing an asset management program.

  • Maryland Center for Environmental Training (MCET)Exit EPA Disclaimer has developed an Asset Management Guide for Wastewater Utilities and a Train-the-Trainer Toolkit for Total Enterprise Asset Management Systems (TEAMS) software. The toolkit provides instruction in the principles of asset management and introduces open source software (TEAMS) supporting wastewater utilities. The modular format of the presentation materials allows the principles and the corresponding section on TEAMS to be given sequentially or individually.

  • Penn State's Bridging the Gap—Video for Public Officials and Water ManagersExit EPA Disclaimer is a groundbreaking online video designed to help elected officials and water and wastewater managers make smart choices as they address water and wastewater infrastructure issues. The video outlines the key steps to developing an asset management plan for both novice and experienced professionals. The hosting website provides an online learning experience with an extensive array of reference materials to support the central concepts and real-world examples of emerging best practices and innovations in water asset management. Developed with EPA grant funds, this innovative video and website is a collaborative undertaking with Penn State's College of Engineering, World Campus, and its Public Broadcasting units.

  • Virginia Tech's Sustainable Water Infrastructure Asset Management Online Non-Degree ProgramExit EPA Disclaimer. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, in partnership with EPA, GHD Consulting and Water Environmental Research Foundation (WERF), is offering a certificate program for individuals interested in learning the fundamentals of sustainable water infrastructure asset management. Students will also learn the methodologies and tools that use knowledge of these fundamental processes for infrastructure engineering and management.

  • Liquid Assets: The Story of Our Water InfrastructureExit EPA Disclaimer is a public media and outreach initiative that seeks to inform the nation about the critical role that our water infrastructure plays in protecting public health and promoting economic prosperity. Combining a 90-minute documentaryExit EPA Disclaimer with a community toolkitExit EPA Disclaimer for facilitating local involvement, Liquid Assets explores the history, engineering and political and economic challenges of our water infrastructure, and engages communities in local discussion about public water and wastewater issues.

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