The recent Senate regulation in Ohio highlights the need for your city, town and municipal water systems to be able to adapt quickly and easily to industry and regulatory changes—both now and in the future. While the use of a GIS system can help with some of these objectives, it cannot accommodate all requirements of the bill by itself.
Ohio Senate Bill 2, Section 6109.24 (B) states “A public water system shall demonstrate the technical, managerial, and financial capability of the system to comply with this chapter and rules adopted under it by implementing an asset management program” by October 1, 2018. This applies to all public water systems in Ohio.
The bill defines this further by stating that the asset management program shall include:
- Inventory and evaluation of all assets.
- Operation and maintenance programs.
- Emergency preparedness and contingency planning program.
- Criteria and timelines for infrastructure rehabilitation and replacement.
- Approved capacity projections and capital improvement planning.
- A long-term funding strategy to support asset management program implementation.
The EPA defines asset management as “maintaining a desired level of service for what you want your assets to provide at the lowest life-cycle cost. Lowest life cycle cost refers to the best appropriate cost for rehabilitating, repairing or replacing an asset. Asset management is implemented through an asset management program and typically includes a written asset management plan.” Because of the upcoming deadline and the significant amount of work that may be involved, organizations should start planning for compliance with this bill now.
Click to download “EPA Asset Management Best Practices.”
Organizations that use asset management software to help comply with this regulation can reap many additional benefits and ensure compliance, not only now, but in the future as well. A cloud-based system will be updated to ensure compliance for existing and new regulations at all levels.
These systems are designed to provide more than compliance. They can help water managers and teams simplify the task of asset management, helping them to:
- Plan and manage surveys, inspections and testing.
- Know where assets are located through seamless integration with third-party location services such as Google Maps.
- Stay in compliance with local, state and federal regulations.
- Assess the condition of their infrastructure.
- Have access to all historical data in order to implement predictive maintenance
Manage their risk.
- Create and manage work orders and schedules.
- Integrate with other necessary systems.
- Develop, monitor and adjust to ensure they are meeting the levels of service identified in the plan.
- Have access to data and historical information in the field through phones and tablets.
- Forecast capital prioritization and funding needs.
Water asset inventory management software helps organizations to put their money where it is most needed and eliminate wasteful spending, minimize risk, increase ROI, optimize customer service and satisfaction, improve sustainability efforts, win grants and loans and justify pricing and budgets.
Utility Cloud provides you with a single source of knowledge for Asset Management. The robust, flexible and easy-to-use interface makes it possible for users with any level of technical expertise to manage assets, teams and workflows. Plus, since all of the data is stored in the platform, compliance reporting can be done with the simple push of a button. With no apps to install and update, Utility Cloud is always on and up-to-date from any device, helping you meet your regulatory requirements.
Utility Cloud can be set up easily and quickly—without a significant investment of your time and money. That means Utility Cloud is a low risk with high reward. Most clients are performing operational and asset management functions within weeks of signing up. We’d love the opportunity to help you meet the bill requirements and provide you with a world-class system equipped to meet any current and future operational management challenge.
Utility Cloud does not require your assets to be in GIS, however, it can work hand in hand with an existing GIS system to keep records current and enhance GIS data.
|6019.24 Requirements||GIS System||Utility Cloud|
|Inventory and evaluation of all assets||Capture or upload data on physical assets||
|Operation and maintenance programs||Limited||
|Emergency preparedness and contingency planning program||No||
|Criteria and timelines for infrastructure rehabilitation and replacement||No||
|Approved capacity projections and capital improvement planning||No||
|A long-term funding strategy to support asset management program implementation||No||
|Added benefits include: