Chapter 10

References And Resources

The following is a list of references and resources for Asset Management and related issues, along with short descriptions of the materials available. Many of the organizations and websites listed here offer free downloads or software. In addition, the internet offers a wealth of free and low-cost information and software. Some additional websites that utilities might find helpful are listed at the end of this section.

Asset Management

Asset Management: A Handbook for Small Water Systems (2003)
This guide is one in a series of Simple Tools for Effective Performance (STEP) developed for small drinking water systems. It can be obtained from EPA by calling the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791 and requesting document number EPA 816-R-03-016. You can also download it at:

Check Up Program for Small Systems (CUPSS) Software
CUPSS is a free, easy-to-use, Asset Management tool for small drinking water and wastewater utilities. CUPSS provides a simple, comprehensive approach based on EPA's Simple Tools for Effective Performance (STEP) Guide series. You can download CUPSS online or order a copy. Call 1-800-490-9198 (bulk orders are available) and request either the User's Kit: EPA 816-K-08-002 or the Trainer's Kit (EPA 816-K-08-001).

Taking Stock of Your Water System: A Simple Asset Inventory for Very Small Drinking Water Systems (2004)
This guide was developed by the EPA Office of Water for very small systems such as manufactured home communities and homeowners' associations. It was designed as a simplified process to determine condition and useful life of assets. It can be obtained from EPA by calling the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791 and requesting document number EPA 816-K-03-002. You can also download it at:

US EPA Advanced Asset Management Collaboration Working Session (May 2005)
Workshop materials, prepared by Steve Allbee, US EPA (, Duncan Rose, GHD ( and Roger Byrne, GHD (

Fact Sheet: Asset Management for Sewer Collection Systems (2002)
This was developed by EPA to assist small wastewater systems implement a simple Asset Management plan. 16 pages. (Product No. 833-F-02-001) You can download it at:

Bridging the Gap: Video for Public Officials and Water Managers.
Bridging the Gap is an on-line video designed to help elected officials and water and wastewater managers make smart choices as they address water and wastewater infrastructure issues. The video outlines the key steps to developing an Asset Management plan. The hosting website provides an on-line learning experience with an extensive array of reference materials and real-world examples of emerging best practices and innovations in water Asset Management. Developed with EPA grant funds, this video and website is a collaborative undertaking with Penn State's College of Engineering, World Campus, and its Public Broadcasting units. Access to the video and related materials is available at:

International Infrastructure Management Manual (2006, 3rd ed.)
This manual provides information on developing an Asset Management plan. It also includes case studies and implementation tools. The manual was developed for systems in Australia and New Zealand, but has been used extensively in the United States. The manual can be ordered from the National Asset Management Steering Group, Thames, New Zealand at their website.

Life-Cycle Cost Analysis
The US Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program has tools to assist with life cycle cost analysis of energy projects including software, training and publications. Visit the website: