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TORONTO, September 11, 2012 – Canada’s first-ever report card on the state of its public works assets has been released. ReNew Canada magazine released an exclusive first look at the results of the report in their recent issue. The article is available online at https://renewcanada.net/2012/the-infrastructure-report-card/. It turns out that the system with the worst result in this report is neither roads nor water—it’s asset management.
Just in time to weigh in on the importance of asset management in the next federal long-term infrastructure plan, four of Canada’s biggest industry associations (CCA, FCM, CSCE, CPWA) have released the results of a municipal assessment of the condition of four primary municipal infrastructure asset categories: drinking water systems, wastewater and stormwater networks, and municipal roads.
After a big initial push to get communities to submit data, 346 municipalities registered to participate. In the end, only 123 contributed. Part of the reason: municipalities lack a detailed inventory of their infrastructure. What the Report Card found that many municipalities lack the internal capacity to assess the state of their infrastructure accurately on their own. “Asset …