All water systems have to renew components of their infrastructure. Some may do this as part of a major project involving many parts of the system; others may renew individual components over time. This page provides an overview of planning for renewal.
Follow the directions under Enquire about Renewal Support Services to enquire about services that can help you to plan for renewal. To learn more about the process look under About Planning for Renewal below. Look under More Resources for further information. You may find it helpful to look at the sections below before making an enquiry.
To enquire about Renewal Services for your water system follow the link below and provide brief details about you water system. This information will be passed to service providers who are Industry Partner of SIS and who have wide experience in helping water systems. The information you provide helps these folks to get an initial picture of your water system and kick-starts the conversation between you and the service provider. You incur no obligation in making this enquiry.
As we show in the graphic about Smart Management, there are many components
involved in the management of a water system. When you start a process
like planning for renewal it’s important to know which components to include in
the process. And it’s important to know which components to exclude. If you try
to do too many things at once, it’s easy to lose direction and to not achieve
the outcome you want.
With this in mind, a project that aims at system renewal may involve primarily the components highlighted in our System Renewal graphic below. At the same time you should be aware of the other components of management and operations: if other components are not in place this may enlarge the scope of work required to achieve system renewal.
Renewing a water system does not necessarily mean just installing a newer version of what you have now. The needs and values of your customers may have changed over the years, and they may have different expectations about the level of service to be provided. So one of the first steps in planning is to talk with the system users and find out what they expect from renewal.
You also need to be clear about what you have in place currently. For example, that may mean updating your asset inventory and system assessment. This will identify the components that need renewal and the priority that should be assigned. Also find out what you may need to do to meet current regulations. Also check to see if other changes have occurred; for example is your water source under threat?
Combine these requirements: meeting customer needs, upgrading existing infrastructure, meeting regulations, considering changes in your community and physical environment, and you have a large part of your plan for renewing your physical infrastructure. Once you have formed ideas about these things you can talk with engineering specialists who can help identify the various components involved in the renewal and make an initial estimate of costs.