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An Enabling Environment for Asset Management through Public Policy: The Benefits of Standardization and Application to the Water Sector

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Asset Management and Business Advisory, US Advisory Services, WSP, Washington, DC 20037, USA
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School of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, WA 6027, Australia
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Urban Drainage Unit, Department of Hydraulics and Environment, National Laboratory of Civil Engineering, LNEC, Av. Brasil 101, 1700-066 Lisbon, Portugal
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IcInfrastructure, Independent Asset Management Training and Consulting Firm, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2E4, Canada
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Sewerage Planning Section, Sewerage Management Department, Construction Bureau, Sendai 980-8671, Japan
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Academic Editor: Carmen Teodosiu
Water 2021, 13(24), 3524; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13243524
Received: 8 October 2021 / Revised: 24 November 2021 / Accepted: 3 December 2021 / Published: 9 December 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Infrastructure Asset Management of Urban Water Systems)
Water services—including urban water supply, wastewater, and stormwater services—are essential to society and critical for protecting human health and the well-being of communities. Goal 6 of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognizes this importance and aims to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.” Despite progress, the UN reports billions of people still lack water and sanitation services. Many governments around the world face the challenge of balancing between investment in new assets, programs, and services and providing the required funding for repair and replacement of existing water assets. This paper argues infrastructure asset management establishes a foundational framework for the system of operations, management, and importantly, governance of assets to deliver services. An enabling environment for asset management, in addition to supporting the delivery of services, also contributes to meeting public policy objectives. The research question is: How can governments utilize public policy to enable asset management and consequently achieve societal objectives. A variety of public policy instruments used to enable infrastructure asset management and support achievement of government goals and objectives, such as the UN SDGs, are outlined and analyzed. The methodology involved a survey and case studies drawn from three countries, focused on the water sector. It also presents outcomes, common elements, and the need for and benefits of standardization. View Full-Text
Keywords: public policy; asset management; standards; water services public policy; asset management; standards; water services
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Batac, T.; Brown, K.; Brito, R.S.; Cranston, I.; Mizutani, T. An Enabling Environment for Asset Management through Public Policy: The Benefits of Standardization and Application to the Water Sector. Water 2021, 13, 3524. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13243524

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Batac T, Brown K, Brito RS, Cranston I, Mizutani T. An Enabling Environment for Asset Management through Public Policy: The Benefits of Standardization and Application to the Water Sector. Water. 2021; 13(24):3524. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13243524

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Batac, Tiffany, Kerry Brown, Rita S. Brito, Iain Cranston, and Tetsuya Mizutani. 2021. "An Enabling Environment for Asset Management through Public Policy: The Benefits of Standardization and Application to the Water Sector" Water 13, no. 24: 3524. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13243524

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