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"The Future of Asset Management Part 2 Protect Your Funding...Because All Roads Lead to Finance"  by Gregory M Baird
American Water Works Association AWWA Journal (March 2013)****
How many master plans, project designs, approved capital projects were delayed or cut because of funding? This article describes the importance of a finance specialist to be invloved early in the process and the new concept of integrated finance as a means to improve project funding options and as a means to track and report asset management cost savings and its impact on rate discussions. MWH Global experts are interviewed in order to understand the need, placement and timing of financial and risk services, management consulting and other combined integrated infrastructure planning such as energy management, regionalization and consolidations. This could also apply to storm water seperations.

 “Water Affordability: Who’s going to pick up the Check?” by Gregory M Baird
American Water Works Association AWWA Journal (December 2010)*
This heavily researched article describes the development of the EPA’s expectation that affordable water and sewer rates based on average median household incomes within utility jurisdictions should total about 5.0%. This concept is then applied to the State of Colorado and a large segment of Canada demonstrating the potential for 200-400% increases in rates and the difficulty it imposes to rural communities and disadvantaged and low income households.

“Bridging the Gap between Engineers and Finance” by Gregory M Baird
American Water Works Association AWWA Journal (July 2011)**
This article explains the similarities and balance between the engineering and finance professions and the important of infrastructure asset management as the bridge between the two disciplines to achieve overall lower costs for capital replacement and maintenance of assets. 

“The Silver Bullet for Aging Water Distribution Systems?” by Gregory M Baird
American Water Works Association AWWA Journal (June 2011)**
This researched article discusses the reasons of early pipe failures and the need for new pipe materials as part of a low cost pipe replacement program. PVC pipes are a durable, low cost, environment friendly, corrosive resistance pipe with a design life of over 100 years. Many asset management plans are including PVC to reduce the overall replacement costs.

“Defining Public Asset Management for Municipal Water Utilities” by Gregory M Baird
American Water Works Association AWWA Journal (May 2011)**
This article discusses the concept of asset management and its many forms including the definition of public asset management. In general, Public Asset Management incorporates the management of all things which are of value to a jurisdiction, its mission and purpose and citizen’s expectations. GIS-centric Public Asset Management has a foundation which standardizes data and allows interoperability, providing users the capability to reuse, coordinate and share information in an efficient and effective manner. An EsriGIS platform combined with the overall Public Asset Management umbrella of both physical “hard” assets and soft assets helps remove the traditional silos of structured municipal functions.

"The Epidemic of Corrosion, Part 2: The Importance of Communication" by Gregory M Baird
American Water Works Association AWWA Journal (February 2012)***
This article reviews the issues dealing with the failures of water pipes in the United States primarily from age and corrosion and explains the importance of effectively communicating the need for pipe replacement. The growing number of sink holes and water boiling orders are evidence of the increasing amount of political awareness of the public safety concerns. If these issues are not addressed in in open, timing, and transparent manner, then there could be water system governance changes across the US as a result from the public outcry. This article is part 2 of The Epidemic of Corrosion which was published in the AWWA Journal. Part 1 discusses every type of corrosion which water and wastewater systems face and the various remedies that are currently available. The author continues to educate utility management and governing officials on the need of infrastructure asset management planning and the use of alternative pipe materials which are non-corrosive and have a lower life cycle cost like PVC.

           

*Reprinted from Journal AWWA, by permission on Author's Personal Website. Copyright © 2010, Copyright © 2011, Copyright © 2012, American Water Works Association. Permission to reproduce this document is granted for informational purposes only and does not represent or imply approval or endorsement by AWWA of any particular product or service.

**Reprinted from Journal AWWA, by permission on Author's Personal Website. Copyright © 2011, American Water Works Association. Permission to reproduce this document is granted for informational purposes only and does not represent or imply approval or endorsement by AWWA of any particular product or service.    

***Reprinted from Journal AWWA, by permission on Author's Personal Website. Copyright © 2012, American Water Works Association. Permission to reproduce this document is granted for informational purposes only and does not represent or imply approval or endorsement by AWWA of any particular product or service.           

****Reprinted from Journal AWWA, by permission on Author's Personal Website. Copyright © 2013, American Water Works Association. Permission to reproduce this document is granted for informational purposes only and does not represent or imply approval or endorsement by AWWA of any particular product or service.  

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