Water Infrastructure Asset Management

Illinois DWSRF applicants can receive priority points for using an asset management plan and is considering making asset management plans a prerequisite for approval.

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Using MentorAPM Public water systems can easily execute asset management programs that incorporate all elements of the Five Core Question framework.

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State Asset Management

Opportunities and Obligations

Funding Activities

  • DWSRF loan applicants that currently use an Asset Management plan, or are creating one, can receive priority points (35 Illinois Administrative Code 662.345(g)).


  • An asset management section is being added to the sanitary Survey checklist by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). A recommendation to incorporate an AM plan that incorporates all components of the five-core-question framework will be made in the sanitary service inspection letter if a PWS is found to be deficient in any areas.


  • Free AM training programs are available for small PWS operators and managers; these are developed by the state in collaboration with Great Lakes RCAP and Environmental Finance Center (EFC.
  • Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s (IEPA) website includes AM information. Links to guides and tools developed by the EPA (& others) on developing AM plans, and a discussion of the five-core-question framework are available.
  • Illinois is applying existing materials on asset management from other states and US EPA for its own AM guidance. Minimum criteria for small system AM plans were developed.
  • The TMF capacity pre-screening survey, currently used in the IEPA’s engineering evaluations, will have an asset management section added by May 31, 2023.


  • The US EPA’s asset training modules are used for the Illinois EPA drinking water staff training.
  • For DWSRF applicants, the Illinois EPA plans to explore the possibility of requiring AM plans for approval. This includes systems applying for a construction permit to increase capacity by over 20%.


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