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Routine sampling
Daily and monthly operations logs
Calibrating lab equipment
Troubleshooting equipment or
SCADA after a glitch
SOPs could also be developed for the
routine preventative maintenance tasks
performed in the utility. If a schedule
and list of routine preventative maintenance tasks does not already exist,
consider creating a list and scheduling
these tasks in your calendar or work
order software. A list of routine preventative maintenance tasks that every
small waterworks should consider performing can be found at the following
website: www.epa.gov/sites/production/
files/2015-04/documents/booket_smallsystems_preventmaint.pdf.
SOPs can be especially useful in small
utilities where management is often not
present at the job site, doesn't have a
background in utilities, or where one
or two operators find themselves wearing all the hats required to keep the

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utility working. If you don't have SOPs
for your utility, this would be the first
place I would suggest you start on the
long road to becoming a sustainable utility. After you develop SOPs for operations, they should also be developed
for routine preventative maintenance.
In developing SOPs for routine preventative maintenance, you will need a list of
assets you need to maintain and which
should be replaced in the future. This
list is otherwise known as your Asset
Management Plan.
After your Asset Management
Plan has prioritized what needs to be
replaced, you can develop a list of what
you need to replace in the near future
and how to pay for it, which is called
your Capital Improvement Plan. Next,
the budget needs to include the cost for
preventative maintenance laid out in the
Asset Management Plan, and payments
for new assets laid out in the Capital
Improvement Plan. The budget can then
be offered to the Board or Council with

a proposal about adjustments needed to
rates in order to afford these new capital
replacement and preventative maintenance costs. The Board or Council may
or may not approve this proposal, but
if this procedure is followed, then the
operator and utility management have
fulfilled their duties. SOPs are the first
step to sustainable utilities.
Works Cited
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www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Summer 2017

From the President: 2017 Legislative Efforts
From the Executive Director: Give Us Another Drum Roll Please…
2017 VRWA Conference Highlights
Locating Plastic Pipe
The Value of VRWA
Portable Ladder Safety
The Chesapeake Bay
These Boots Are Made For...What?
RUS-Funded Projects: New Requirements
SOPs: The First Step to Sustainable Utilities
Throwing My Loop: The Horse Trailer with the Broken Heart (Part Two)
VRWA Member Corner
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Benefits for VRWA Members
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
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Streamline - Summer 2017 - cover1
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Streamline - Summer 2017 - From the President: 2017 Legislative Efforts
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Streamline - Summer 2017 - From the Executive Director: Give Us Another Drum Roll Please…
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 2017 VRWA Conference Highlights
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Streamline - Summer 2017 - Locating Plastic Pipe
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Streamline - Summer 2017 - The Value of VRWA
Streamline - Summer 2017 - Portable Ladder Safety
Streamline - Summer 2017 - The Chesapeake Bay
Streamline - Summer 2017 - These Boots Are Made For...What?
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Streamline - Summer 2017 - RUS-Funded Projects: New Requirements
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Streamline - Summer 2017 - SOPs: The First Step to Sustainable Utilities
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Streamline - Summer 2017 - Throwing My Loop: The Horse Trailer with the Broken Heart (Part Two)
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Streamline - Summer 2017 - VRWA Member Corner
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Streamline - Summer 2017 - eLearning Benefits
Streamline - Summer 2017 - Membership Application
Streamline - Summer 2017 - Benefits for VRWA Members
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Streamline - Summer 2017 - VRWA Committees
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