Publication: Journal article in Water Asset Management International, 8:3, 07-12 (October 2012). Link to the article.
The EFC authored this journal article and presented it at the International Water Association's (IWA) 4th Leading Edge Conference on Strategic Asset Management (LESAM) in September 27-30, 2011 in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany. This paper explores a method for developing an asset management database for community water systems and interconnections for North Carolina. We begin with an overview of data collection and the current water interconnection system. We then develop a method to assess where the most feasible location for a future connection exists between neighboring community water systems while taking into consideration geographic constraints and opportunities. We found that 31% of the community water systems in our study (large systems or government-owned systems) do not currently purchase water, and of those 36% have a "relatively cheap" geographically-feasible interconnection opportunity.