There are still plenty of great BCWWA events left in 2017! Whether you are wanting to learn more about emerging water and wastewater topics and trends or attend a conference there are several upcoming events that may be of interest to you. For more information about upcoming events and how to register click here >

If you’re looking to complete some additional operator training classes or online learning before years end check out the operator education calendar here >

 

Understanding the lifecycle cost implications of land-use decisions over time can help reduce future infrastructure costs. To assist local governments in estimating the life cycle-cost implications of different types of developments over a 100 year period, the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development (MCSCD), in collaboration with local governments, other agencies and the private sector has developed the Community Infrastructure Planning Decision Support Tool. The Tool is excel-based and open source. Links to the Tool and User Guide can be found here.

Another round of Asset Management Planning Program grants has been confirmed by UBCM for 2017. This program provides assistance to local governments as they pursue sustainable service delivery by extending and deepening asset management practices within their organizations. The Asset Management Planning Program was created in 2014 through a $1.5 million grant from the Ministry of Community, Sport & Cultural Development.

Under the 2017 Asset Management Planning Program, matching grants of up to $10,000 are available to support activities that advance a local government’s asset management planning or practices, and that facilitate better integration of asset management planning with long term financial planning.

Applications are currently being accepted by UBCM – Apply now

Application deadline is November 18th, 2016.

The MMCD Asset Data Exchange Standard project is complete and standardized files and supporting documentation are ready for download. The standard is build on the MMCD Municipal CAD Standard, with the end result of a single source of infrastructure data submission to the Local Government with physical properties and lifecycle management attributes. For more information and download, see MMCD’s announcement.

The MNAI has opened a request for expressions of interest for local governments that would like to submit an application to participate in its next round of projects. For more information on getting involved in the next round of projects and what local governments can expect as a result of participation please read more here. Expressions of Interest are due on Friday, July 14th, 2017. Check out the MNAI discussion paper on Defining and Scoping Municipal Natural Assets.

This handbook and toolkit is for staff and elected officials from Alberta’s small and mid-sized municipalities. The Toolkit is focused on providing ‘how to’ information. It includes processes, examples, and a set of practical and editable tools and templates that can be used by any organization to get started with asset management using the information and resources they already have. View the Handbook (PDF)