Michigan

Water Infrastructure Asset Management
Michigan
Intro

Michigan provides DWSRF loans to fund asset management, and a strong effort and focus on empowering small water systems with the tools and resources to develop asset management plans has been made.

MentorAPM in
Michigan

Public water systems using MentorAPM can easily create and update their asset management plans for 5-year reviews with important asset data following the EPA Five Core Question Framework: 1. Current State of Assets 2. Level of Service, 3. Critical Assets 4. Lifecycle Cost 5. Long-term funding.

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The state boasts 3,288 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, the most freshwater coastline of any state in the U.S., and is in the top 10 of all coastal states for any type of coastline.

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State Asset Management

Opportunities and Obligations

Funding

  • Asset management planning can be funded with DWSRF loans.

Regulatory

  • All CWSs with a population over 1,000 are required to have an asset management plan including asset inventory and a summary of critical assets; they must be updated every five years (Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act, Rule 1606, amended).
  • Michigan's Water Asset Management Council (WAMC) was created to lead, guide, and assist communities in the development and/or enhancement of their drinking water, wastewater, and storm water asset management programs. The WAMC is legislatively charged with the development of asset management templates, as well as annual reporting to the Michigan Infrastructure Council on the asset condition and investment of water infrastructure across the state.

Assistance

  • The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and other technical assistance providers provide training on the five core principles of asset management & planning.
  • A significant effort has been made to inform water suppliers about AM. EGLE and other technical assistance providers provide training and one-on-one assistance. Resources aimed at small water systems are available on EGLE’s website. To gain local council/board member financial support for capacity improvements, EGLE staff and technical assistance providers frequently educate them on AM planning.
  •  One-on-one assistance and training provided by EGLE and other providers are available to small water systems (1,000 people or less); this includes AM education and the creation of an AM plan.
  • Guidance on the submission of an asset management plan is available on the AM website, complete with tools, resources, guidance, and training materials. Guidance materials include a review checklist, guidance documents, and FAQs

Other

  • The Michigan Infrastructure Council was established in 2018 to cultivate partnerships that strengthen Michigan's infrastructure. The Water Asset Management Council is represented on the council.
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