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Asset Management: Effective Utility Management Resources

How is Asset Management Connected to EUM?

Effective Utilities Management Vision

In 2007, six associations representing the U.S. water and wastewater sector came together to support effective utility management throughout the water sector and to develop a joint strategy to identify, encourage, and recognize excellence in water and wastewater utility management. APWA was one of these six associations.  Today, that number has grown to 11 associations that continue to collaborate on achieving this vision.

Relationship to Asset Management

Assets are anything that provides value or potential value.  Asset management entails activities associated with maximizing the value of an asset.  While assets can be either tangible or intangible, the physical infrastructure resources are the primary assets public works agencies are interested in managing efficiently in order to maximize value from those assets for stakeholders. Aligned with EUM’s, the tools and concepts available at WaterEUM’s website are valuable to the development of an agency’s asset management system, regardless of the type of assets being managed (  

Ten Attributes and Five Keys to Management Success – From “Effective Utility Management - A Primer for Water and Wastewater Utilities”

EUM Resources Available

A Primer for Water and Wastewater Utilities

The EUM “Primer” is the foundation of EUM.  The concept and tools within the interactive Primer can be beneficial to all public works.


Graphing Tool within the Primer to Assist with Identifying Priority Areas of Focus

Resource for Rural and Smaller Jurisdictions

Rural and smaller jurisdictions make up the largest number of public works organizations. The EUM website has a great resource developed specifically for smaller jurisdictions. 

Where to Learn More

Continued development of an agency’s asset management system is never ending—opportunities to make refinements always exist.  The Effective Utility Management website is a great location to find concepts and tools to assist organizations in development of their asset management systems.  Download these resources at:  

Collaborative Effort


APWA is one of 11 collaborating organizations that assisted in developing tools to aid utility organizations in improving their operations.  The APWA task force on asset management highly recommends these tools to organizations responsible for managing a variety of infrastructure assets.  This webpage was developed to encourage organizations to leverage these EUM tools when assessing improvements to their asset management system.