New and complete construction is an ideal option in a water infrastructure project that’s showing signs of age, such as old water, storm water, and wastewater. The problem with building one from scratch is that it is the costliest option.
Repair, rehabilitation, replacement
Whether to repair, rehabilitate, or replace the entire system is the question all water infrastructure projects must answer at some point. For many organizations managing such projects, the way to a complete understanding of their options is a reliable program of asset management. The program can give them answers when they finally have to make the call. You can come up with a similar program using the following criteria.
The cost to repair
You may try to repair a broken asset, such as a pump, but if the repaired asset keeps breaking over a certain period, costing more money, you’ll have to decide whether a full replacement is more justifiable.
It is also a matter of the importance of the asset and what it brings to the entire system. Can the system still function even if the asset is out of order? If not, then repairing it every so often might not just cost you the cost of repair, but the lost time and possible strain on the rest of the infrastructure. A full replacement might make more sense.
For a water infrastructure project to be in full service for a long time, it is important to estimate and anticipate growth. If the load expands to the extent that the infrastructure comes under strain, replacing assets to handle the growth can save the entire project.
Certain technologies keep improving, and assets used for water treatment are no exception. Your system should make room for new assets that deliver more functionality and improve your service. For example, using a new and updated replacement clarifier from Ashton Tucker Water Treatment for your wastewater treatment makes more sense than sticking with an older version that delivers only a fraction of the functionality and reliability.
Use of power
An asset that uses too much power may be eventually replaced with a newer model that needs only half as much energy. To make your system more energy efficient in the long term, it is more sensible to invest in replacement assets that can make this possible now.
A water infrastructure project is complex and building one from the ground up takes money and time. Knowing when to replace or repair assets is an important part of making the system run with more efficiency and reliability.