In 2019, the District initiated its official CIRP program, demonstrating its dedication to ongoing maintenance of its infrastructure. This commitment encompasses various replacement & upgrade activities, for infrastructure, including but not limited to the following:
- Booster Stations
- Pressure Regulating Systems
- Water Tanks/Reservoirs
- and Other Equipment!
Capital improvement replacement is vital for Joshua Basin Water District for several reasons. Firstly, it ensures the continued functionality and reliability of the water infrastructure, which is essential for delivering safe and clean water to the community. Aging pipes, pumps, and facilities are prone to deterioration, leaks, and malfunctions, jeopardizing water quality and supply. By investing in capital improvements and replacements, the district can mitigate these risks, enhance system efficiency, and maintain compliance with regulatory standards. Moreover, updating infrastructure with newer technologies and materials can increase resilience to natural disasters and climate change impacts, safeguarding water access during emergencies. Ultimately, prioritizing capital improvement replacement sustains the long-term viability of the water system, supporting public health, economic development, and environmental sustainability within the community.
Prioritization of Projects
The District strives to ensure projects are as cost-effective as possible. Prioritization involves assessing factors such as age, condition, water loss, mainline depth, size for fire protection, urgency, potential impacts, resource availability, and strategic importance. Furthermore, resources are directed towards initiatives that align with strategic and capital improvement goals.
We often get asked how project names are developed. For the most part, we name our pipeline projects after a main road, intersection, landmark, neighborhood, or business near the project. Other projects, such as reservoir, booster station, or well rehabilitation, are named after the site name.
Why have an in-house Capital Improvement Program?
Opting for complete in-house capital improvements offers several advantages:
- Control: Managing the improvements internally allows for greater control over the entire process, from planning to execution. This ensures that the project aligns precisely with the District's objectives and standards.
- Cost-effectiveness: By utilizing existing resources and expertise within the organization, in-house improvements can often be more cost-effective than outsourcing to external contractors. This can result in savings on labor, materials, and overhead costs. For example, an external pipeline contractor can cost $250 per linear foot, whereas we can typically complete the same project for $55 per linear foot. You can see that is a significant cost savings!
- Flexibility: In-house projects offer greater flexibility to adapt to changing needs and circumstances. With direct oversight, adjustments can be made quickly and efficiently without relying on external parties.
- Knowledge retention: Undertaking capital improvements internally enables the District to retain valuable institutional knowledge. This can be crucial for future projects and ongoing maintenance, ensuring continuity and efficiency in operations.
- Quality assurance: With in-house control, there's a higher level of assurance regarding the quality of workmanship and materials used in the improvements. This can lead to better outcomes and longer-lasting infrastructure.
- Timeliness: In-house projects can often be completed more quickly than outsourcing, as there's no need to wait for external contractors' availability. This can be particularly advantageous when time is of the essence, such as in emergency repairs or time-sensitive upgrades.
Overall, opting for complete in-house capital improvements empowers our District to exercise greater control, reduce costs, maintain flexibility, preserve knowledge, ensure quality, and expedite project completion.