California

Water Infrastructure Asset Management
California
Intro

The California State Water Board is working on several efforts to promote the adoption of asset management in public water systems. Four of the EPA’s five core questions of an asset management plan are incorporated in the state Capacity Assessment.

MentorAPM in
California

The City of Santa Monica is using MentorAPM to support better asset management and the Mojave Water Agency worked with the MentorAPM team to develop an asset management plan using Criticality Analyzer and Asset Investment Planner.

Did you know

California’s National Forests are the largest single source of water in the state, supplying 65 percent of California’s water while occupying only 20 percent of the total land area. The state receives 75 percent of its rain and snow in the watersheds north of Sacramento, but 80 percent of California’s water demand comes from the southern two-thirds of the state.

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State Asset Management

Opportunities and Obligations

Regulatory

  • As part of the permit application, PWSs are required by Senate Bill 200 (SB 200) to submit a technical report to the state board; they may include a physical description and capacity of the proposed system assets.
  • To prepare their own asset management plans, technical assistance providers will be asked to train and assist PWSs and encourage AM in sanitary surveys. Major components of AM information are collected during sanitary surveys and the Electronic Annual Report. To ensure long-term sustainability, deficiencies in AM are identified and PWSs are directed to implement solutions.

Assistance

  • Through workshops and training, technical assistance providers will be asked to assist PWSs to prepare their own AM plans.
  • Public feedback on how to best incorporate Asset Management into the revised Strategy was collected by the State Water Board. Data and metrics that could be measured were suggested to help the State identify AM resource needs and successfully track the implementation of AM strategies by PWSs over time.
  • PWSs will prepare their own AM plans through training & assistance of technical assistance providers.
  • Four of the EPA’s five core questions of an asset management plan are incorporated in the state Capacity Assessment.

Other

  • Requirements for funding recipients may include changes to enhance their capacity, such as creating an asset management plan.
  • Water system’s asset inventory (sources, treatment, and distribution), planning, and resiliency data will be collected by the State Water Board.
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