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Pump & Equipment Replacement Program
Many entities have vehicle replacement programs. We are looking to implement something similar in regards to pumps and large equipment. Does anyone have or use such a program that you can share?
When you start having trouble sourcing replacement parts it's time to replace the equipment.
There are a few thoughts to consider:
The original Clean Water Resolving Program dictated the need for an equipment replacement program. It's good business. Have money built over time to replace old and aging equipment.
Some engineers were creative and actually built the perfect plant. However, some equipment really represented a misapplication of equipment. Before fixing anything, it's always good to review the performance and maintenance history to make sure it's the right equipment. If it's not, why dump money into a looser.
Actually, we expanded our equipment replacement fund to also include a sewer jetter. By doing so, we actually collect revenue toward replacement from all of the departments using it....water department, for valve box and stop box repair plus hydrant cleaning and vacuum of paint debris.....DPW for digging holes to plant trees...wastewater for sewer jetting and other applications.
Personally, I have a real issue always borrowing for routine and ongoing expenses. In my current position...we have a debt service requirement of about $750,000 and our actual O&M budget is a similar amount. Our current rates would have been 1/2 of the current rate had folks made minor rate increases instead of borrowing against our kids and grand-kids.
Yep...I'm an old guy....