Background Questions

The survey goal is to understand how municipalities are assimilating and implementing asset management practices in the water industry, especially in the face of new regulations and guidelines. The findings of this study will be made available in an easy-to-read report in order to support the advancement of asset management in Ontario.

This project was developed by Anelisa Schmidt, a graduate student from the University of Waterloo, under the supervision of Dr. Mark Knight, with support from the Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technology (CATT) and the Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC).

The survey is designed to be answered by municipality's asset managers, takes 30 to 60 minutes to be completed and is as jargon-free as possible.  Thirty (30) out of the fifty-four (54) questions have the purpose of placing the municipality in a readiness scale. Therefore, the main benefit for survey participants is the opportunity to benchmark the organization’s Asset Management Readiness Score against the aggregated responses from water utilities of similar size - after all data is collected and compiled.

Respondents can complete the survey in parts or modify it at any time, since answers are automatically saved from your last access. All survey responses are strictly confidential and will only be displayed publicly in an aggregated format.

That being said, we kindly invite municipal asset management practitioners to fill out the survey. 

Do not hesitate to contact Anelisa Schmidt ( or Dr. Mark Knight ( if you have any questions regarding this survey.

Thank you for your time and input!

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* 1. What is the size of population served by your municipality or utility?

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* 2. What is the classification of your municipality regarding lower-, upper- and single-tier?
Lower-tier municipalities: in this case, another level of municipal government, for instance a county or region, is involved in providing services to residents.
Upper-tier municipalities: provide services, such as arterial roads; transit; policing; sewer and water systems; waste disposal; region-wide land use planning and development; health and social services.
Single-tier municipalities: have responsibilities for all local services to their residents.
Definition by AMO (Association of Municipalities Ontario)

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* 3. Does your organization have an asset management team?
Asset management team: a group of representatives from different departments who conduct AM duties. (FCM)

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* 4. Which asset types are managed by your asset management team?
Mark all alternatives that apply. The "does not apply" option excludes all other alternatives.

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