Don’t Flush Your Wastewater Investment Down the Drain

A lack of foresight isn’t cheap.

All too often as consumers, we pay close attention to current out-of-pocket costs while ignoring future expenses. Municipalities and utilities often behave similarly when considering wastewater infrastructure investments, preferring to ponder short-term capital outlays rather than evaluate factors that could dramatically impact long-term operating costs, system performance and risk.

Asset life cycle costs are comprised of more than just capital expenditures, such as engineering design, construction, regulatory permitting, easement and real estate acquisition costs. They also include operational costs for inspections, maintenance, renewals, labor, energy and other consumables.

The best way to get an accurate picture of your wastewater system’s true cost over time is to conduct an asset life cycle cost analysis. This analysis should include both capital and operational expenditures to provide a clear picture of total asset life cycle costs.

When considering total life cycle costs, it is important to determine the appropriate time period over which to conduct the evaluation. If the period is too long, you may not account accurately for changing conditions, regulations or needs; if it’s too short, the analysis may be skewed in favor of options with lower capital costs.

A properly developed and deployed asset management program/system will help align your asset life cycle activities by facilitating a better understanding of the true costs across all phases of your assets’ life cycles. You can optimize your spending by aligning all your asset planning, construction and operations activities.

Keep in mind: the overall lowest-cost wastewater system may not be the one with the lowest initial capital costs, especially if capacity expansions or other modifications, like those driven by changing regulations, will be needed in the future. True fiscal responsibility demands thinking about long-term costs.

In the world of sanitation, failing to treat wastewater correctly and reliably can result in water quality violations and massive fines. These potential costs are often passed over during planning and decision-making. It makes no sense to “save” $50,000 on equipment just to be fined $100,000 and then need to make $50,000 or more in changes to achieve regulatory compliance!

It is important to understand ALL the costs of utility management and to work with proven experts to tackle your utility’s unique challenges. A life cycle cost analysis can provide you with a clearer picture of the true costs of new water and wastewater treatment and pumping systems and help you make cost-effective choices for your facility designs.


Follow us on social media for the latest updates in B2B!


Finishing Industry Trends and Challenges: Manufacturing A Stronger Standard
July 2, 2022
This episode of Manufacturing A Stronger Standard is live from FABTECH 2021. Host and President of LestaUSA and DeGeest Corp. Derek DeGeest, talked with Scott Francis, editor-in-chief of Products Finishing, the Read more
Manufacturing a Stronger Standard: Richard Wilcox and LestaUSA Increasing Customers’ Production with New Automation Systems
July 2, 2022
Achieving automation on the finishing side requires many pieces—two of the most important being the conveyor system and robotics. Host of Manufacturing a Stronger Standard Derek DeGeest spoke with Systems Sales Read more
Manufacturing a Stronger Standard: Nordson Customer Success with LestaUSA Technology
July 2, 2022
Derek DeGeest was back at FABTECH 2021 for another Manufacturing a Stronger Standard conversation. He spoke with Frank Mohar, Regional Sales Manager at Nordson, about the partnership between the companies and Read more