The term Sustainable Service Delivery describes a life-cycle way of thinking about infrastructure needs and how to pay for those needs over time. The link between infrastructure asset management and the protection of a community’s natural resources is emerging as an important piece in Sustainable Drainage Infrastructure.
“Asset management usually commences after something is built. The challenge is to think about what infrastructure asset management entails BEFORE the asset is built. This paradigm-shift starts with land use planning and determining what services can be provided sustainably, both fiscally and ecologically. Don’t build a liability!”, states Stan Westby, Chair of the Local Government Asset Management Working Group and Chief Administrative Officer with the City of Powell River.
The current issue of the Asset Management BC Newsletter has an article that connects the dots between watershed-based planning and infrastructure management. To learn more, click on Integrated Rainwater Management: Move to a Levels-of-Service Approach to Sustainable Drainage Infrastructure.
News Release #2011-03
January 25, 2011