ABSTRACT

Water Infrastructure: EPA and USDA Are Helping Small Water Utilities with Asset Management; Opportunities Exist to Better Track Results, Report to Congressional Requesters   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Highlights: "Recent catastrophic breaks in water mains and sewer discharges during storms are indicators of the nation's old and deteriorating water and wastewater infrastructure. EPA estimates that small water utilities-those serving fewer than 10,000 people--may need about $143 billion for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure repairs and replacement over 20 years. EPA and USDA provide the three largest sources of federal funding for water infrastructure. In a March 2004 report, GAO [Government Accountability Office] found that water utilities may benefit from implementing asset management-a tool used across a variety of sectors to manage physical assets, such as roads and buildings. GAO was asked to review water utilities' use of asset management. This report examines (1) what is known about the use of asset management among the nation's water utilities-particularly small water utilities-including benefits and challenges and (2) steps EPA and USDA are taking to help small water utilities implement asset management. GAO selected a nongeneralizable sample of 25 water utilities in 10 states based on largest infrastructure needs and interviewed EPA, USDA, state, and water utility officials."

Report Number:
GAO-16-237
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Date:
2016-01-27
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
U.S. Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
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pdf
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application/pdf
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