By Carlos A. Espinosa
How Baltimore is embracing a proactive approach to asset management to meet Clean Water Act obligations.
Water & Wastes Digest featured Baltimore City Department of Public Works in its September 2014 issues. The article highlights how Baltimore is embracing a proactive approach to asset management to meet Clean Water Act obligations while keeping capital and operational expenditures affordable for its customers.
As the city implements programs to address combined and sanitary sewer overflows, it is increasingly concerned that rates remain affordable for the majority of the community. In 2011, with the assistance of water infrastructure consultants at Stantec, the city began to develop an approach to creating an integrated utility plan that is considerate of environmental benefits, social impacts, financial capabilities and project delivery challenges. The city embraced EPA’s voluntary Integrated Planning Framework approach, taking advantage of the flexibility allowed under the new guidance document to prioritize its capital and operational expenditures. This adaptive approach provides a more affordable plan that implements projects with greater benefits in the early plan years while still meeting Clean Water Act requirements.
Content was originally published by MWH Global, which is now part of Stantec.