Guidebooks


  • Financial Planning: A Guide for Water and Wastewater Systems

    Written as a workbook, this guide provides a process for developing and monitoring a utility budget, evaluating rate structures and developing a 5-year financial plan. Strategic tips, information and resources are included throughout this guide. In addition, the guide includes references to worksheets with examples, as well as blank worksheets in which to insert your specific system information. In order to fully take advantage of this guide, you will need a computer and some spreadsheet knowledge. (Published 2005.)

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  • Asset Management: A Handbook for Small Water Systems

    This guide is designed for owners and operators of small community water systems (CWSs). CWSs include all systems (both publicly and privately owned) with at least 25 year-round residential customers or 15 year-round service connections. Typical systems that may find this guide useful include: small towns, rural water districts and Tribal systems. (Published 2003.)

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  • A Guide to Selecting Consultants for Rural Communities

    This booklet outlines a step-by-step process for selecting and hiring consultants to plan, design and manage construction of public water and wastewater facilities. The process applies to hiring all types of consultants for all types of projects. (Published 2002.)

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  • Developing Water and Wastewater Projects in Small Communities

    Many small communities in the Pacific Northwest are facing an infrastructure crisis. Water pipes are cracked and leaking; tanks need to be painted; and pumps need to be replaced. Wastewater plants must be upgraded to provide higher levels of treatment. Many factors have contributed to this situation, including lack of resources, years of neglect, recent growth and stricter regulations. Regardless of cause, these problems are real and small communities must decide what to do next. (Published 2001.)

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