Hastings District Council (HDC) has historically planned its wastewater renewals programme using an age based renewal methodology. Recent assessments of the asset age profiles, predicted backlogs and maintenance records highlighted discrepancies between the forecast age based renewals and actual asset condition and performance. The existing planning methodology predictions did not match the reality we were experiencing.
This paper discusses HDC’s journey away from a purely age based renewals planning methodology towards a more robust condition and risk based renewals planning strategy enabling a responsible approach to “sweating” the asset.
The paper will discuss the steps taken in this journey towards a more advanced asset management approach including:
The adoption of this renewals planning strategy allows HDC to efficiently and responsibly “sweat” their waste water assets. It has smoothed funding requirements, enabled long term renewals forecasting in a manner that focuses risk, and ensures maximum value is achieved from the assets and renewal budgets.