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Five Things Local Officials Should Do to Support Sustainable Water Infrastructure

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."—Benjamin Franklin

There are many steps that you, as a community leader and decision maker, can take to achieve greater sustainability in your water infrastructure. Here are five things you can do to help make a big impact on your water infrastructure, both for today and for the future.

  1. Manage Infrastructure for the Long Term—use Asset Management to marry short-term advancements with the development of a long-term investment plan.
  2. Maximize Dollars Through Efficiency—reduce operating costs through efficiency.
  3. Ask About Alternative Solutions—explore innovative approaches, from renewable energy options to green infrastructure approaches, to new technologies, and other solutions that meet your needs in better, more effective ways.
  4. Talk About It—build public support through education and increased awareness of water infrastructure issues.
  5. Initiate or Expand Collaboration—look across the water sector and beyond to build partnerships that save money and bolster sustainability.

While these "Five Things" focus on sustainability of your infrastructure, they can also be pursued as a part of a full 360-degree approach to water sector utility sustainability through the Effective Utility Management (EUM) approach. EUM is endorsed by EPA and six national professional associations across the water sector. You can find a summary of what local officials should know about EUM on the 5 Things You Should Know: What Sustainable Water Infrastructure Looks Like page. To provide additional details to your utility staff, visit the EPA Effective Utility Management page.


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