Planning and funding

Planning and funding

Water and wastewater systems are extremely complex and costly to build, operate, maintain, and upgrade. Municipalities across Alberta are struggling to cover costs in the face of ballooning labour and infrastructure costs and rapid population increases. While more resources are needed to ensure municipalities can continue to provide water and wastewater services that are vital to their communities, there are tools and resources that can be used to assist them. Asset management techniques, full cost accounting and pricing, grants and transfers from other levels of government, and regional water and wastewater systems are all options that can be implemented to secure the viability of municipal water and wastewater systems.

AUMA has created informational pages on each of these important topics. Choose one the boxes below to learn more.

Many municipalities are turning to regional systems to maximize economies of scale and increase access to skilled operators.
Asset management is critical to effectively planning, maintaining and operating municipal water infrastructure.
Funding is available from several sources for municipal water and wastewater systems, but is not always predictable.
The viability of water systems depends on having a clear understanding of the costs of service delivery and finding a way to recover those costs.