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Integrating CMOM and Asset Management The Key to Long-term Sustainable Program Successs
Author: Vice Yee and Matt Derrigo (co-presenters, Patrick Hassey & Mary Snyder)
Date: 3/305
2005 AWWA/WEF Joint Management Conference

County Sanitation District No. 1 (CSD-1) is a stand-alone satellite sewer district that provides wastewater collection and conveyance for its customers in the Sacramento, California, region. Like other wastewater utilities throughout the nation, CSD-1 is striving to comply with increasingly stringent regulatory requirements yet minimize rate increases to its customers. The District recognizes that Asset Management (AM) offers long-term benefits to District customers in defining levels of service and controlling costs; therefore, the District is integrating implementation of AM with implementation of a voluntary Sanitary Sewer Management Plan (SSMP) in an attempt to meet the requirements of future Capacity Management, Operations, and Maintenance (CMOM) regulations. CSD-1 is committed to being a best-in-class satellite wastewater collection and conveyance utility. As such, CSD-1 has voluntarily developed a Sewer System Management Plan (SSMP). The SSMP incorporates all the elements of the proposed Federal EPA Capacity, Management, Operation, and Maintenance (CMOM) rule and is Californiaís response to the federal requirement. However, the CMOM/SSMP does not address establishing cost-effective methods; defining the appropriate level of service; sustaining the full life cycle of the infrastructure economically; or engaging, monitoring, and measuring performance. Thus, to address these issues, CSD-1 is integrating the three primary principles of asset management into the SSMP: (1) risk management, (2) cost benefit analysis, remaining within the financial capability of the community to fund the plan, and (3) the use of performance indicators to achieve SSMP long-range goals. To support the long-term goals of the CMOM/SSMP, CSD-1 is addressing business practice issues through the integration of three initiatives: CMOM/SSMP, Asset Management, and performance metrics. As implementation occurs, all three supporting practices will be interwoven into the roll-out of the SSMP programs.