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City of Surrey’s Approach to Infrastructure Planning

posted on 2:38 PM, May 24, 2016
Grandview Heights water pumping station (Credit: City of Surrey)

“There are two significant questions that each community needs to ask itself when planning to replace aging infrastructure,” writes engineer Jeff Arason. “When do we replace it? And what do we replace it with?”

The City of Surrey is in the fortunate position of having relatively young infrastructure assets as compared to their expected service life. But this doesn’t mean the City is complacent. The City of Surrey takes careful inventory of its assets and reviews them every two years for their condition and whether they are providing the desired level of service. Surrey estimates that it will make $610 million of infrastructure investment over the next 10 years.

To manage infrastructure assets, municipalities work with general assumptions about their service life, yet it may be necessary to replace them before this date if other factors require it. Densification and climate change, for example, may require an asset to be replaced before it wears out.

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Read more about the City of Surrey’s approach to managing its infrastructure assets in “Infrastructure Servicing in an Aging but Growing Community,” in the Spring 2016 issue of Input, page 12.

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