Asset Management

Using Asset Management to Plan for Rehabilitation, Renewal and Replacement 

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The greatest public health achievement of the 20th century was the construction of reliable water and wastewater systems. The water and wastewater systems that serve the US have worked around the clock for over 100 years. The continued vitality and resiliency of American cities relies on this infrastructure.

Effective Useful Life Tool Is Now Live!

The AWWA Asset Management Committee has developed an excel based tool to assist in determining the effective useful life (EUL) for facility-based treatment, storage, and pumping facility assets for water utilities. Understanding the effective useful life of an asset is a key component of an asset management program as it supports an initial determination of the estimated renewal needs.

Click here to be taken to the EUL tool page.  




Technical Reports

2023 AWWA Utility Benchmarking: Performance Management for Water and Wastewater

Utility managers can use the data and analyses in this report to determine how their utility’s performance compares to the water or wastewater industry in six areas of operations: Organizational Development, Business Operations, Customer Relations, Water Operations, Wastewater Operations, and Historical Trends.

Level of Progress in Utility Asset Management: Survey Results

To measure the general progress of asset management (AM) practices among North American utilities, a follow-up survey to the 2015 Level of Progress in Asset Management was issued in June 2020. This report highlights a general comparison to the 2015 survey results and was meant to asses the state of the water sector AM practices and policies.

Key Data to Inform Government Asset Management Policies 

Many state and federal agencies have policies (e.g., laws, regulations, incentives, practices, procedures, and administrative actions), or are considering policies, to address water infrastructure needs. How will state and federal officials measure the success of such policies? And how will agencies that are considering new policies decide which ones to adopt? This report identifies data and information that agencies can use to better assess water infrastructure needs of utilities of all sizes within their jurisdiction as well as develop, implement, and evaluate policies intended to help meet these needs.

Asset Management Definitions Guidebook

A vernacular is emerging among water utility Asset Management professionals. It includes some concepts and nuanced uses of terms that are only understood by advanced practitioners. And even advanced practitioners disagree about the use of certain words and phrases. This can lead to poor communication and inconsistencies in the water industry. This guidebook defines terms commonly used in water utility Asset Management practice.

Leading Business Practices in Asset Management

Following the 2015 survey on the level of progress in utility asset management, this report highlights some of the leading practices identified to provide more information on what leading utilities are doing. The case studies are intended to serve as a resource for other utilities to learn from their experience and to help improve asset management programs.

AWWA Manuals


ANSI/AWWA Standards

Water Infrastructure Conference and Exposition

Join us as AWWA hosts the Water Infrastructure Conference & Exposition, an event focused on solutions to infrastructure challenges. This conference addresses essential asset management planning and programs, the latest on lead service line issues, water loss, operation and maintenance best practices, and reinvestment strategies. Critical infrastructure protection through emergency preparedness planning and enhanced physical and cyber security measures are also covered.

AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition 

AWWA's Annual Conference and Exposition is where the most current industry topics, issues, and trends will be discussed. The professional program features subject matter experts covering a range of key water topics to address your challenges.

AWWA Policy Statements

AWWA's policy statements are brief statements on protecting and improving water supply, water quality, management, and the interests of the public and the environment. They are written by consensus, subject to review and comment by AWWA committees, councils, and members. Because they represent AWWA's position on these matters, they are approved by the AWWA Executive Committee of the board of directors. 

Technical Committee Engagement

AWWA members are recognized globally for their industry expertise and their generosity in sharing that expertise for a better world through better water. AWWA members participate in committee activities, developing conference programs, writing technical manuals, developing standards, creating educational content and contributing to AWWA publications. Committee members primarily interact through conference calls, emails, and face to face meetings at conferences and events. Access more information on volunteering for an AWWA committee.

The following committees are active in addressing asset management issues: