For over 20 years, the Water Research
Foundation has devoted a quarter of our
yearly budget to infrastructure research. And
we collaborate with international partners to
share best practices.
In recognition of our pioneering work, in
2009 the USEPA awarded us and our partner,
Water Environment Research Foundation,
$10 million over four years to develop and
test new technologies to cost-effectively
manage aging infrastructure.
Here are some of our research areas:
Asset management for water utilities can
be defined as managing infrastructure
assets to minimize the total cost of owning
and operating them, while continuously
delivering established levels of service to
the customer. The distribution system is of
particular importance since it accounts for
approximately 80% of the capital investment
for a water utility. Much like a homeowner
systematically replaces a roof, water heater,
or furnace, asset managers seek to replace
the highest priority and most damaged
water infrastructure elements first.
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Aging water infrastructure can result in costly breaks. The Water Research Foundation continually researches ways
to monitor and replace worn pipes and to manage the associated costs.