EPA Science Inventory

Primer on Condition Curves for Water Mains

Citation:

Thomson, J., S. Flamberg, AND W. Condit. Primer on Condition Curves for Water Mains. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-13/080, 2013.

Description:

ABSTRACT The development of economical tools to prioritize pipe renewal based upon structural condition and remaining asset life is essential to effectively manage water infrastructure assets for both large and small diameter pipes. One tool that may facilitate asset management is a condition curve. A condition curve is a graphical representation of the condition of a pipeline versus time. This report provides a review of the state-of-the-technology for structural/physical condition curves for water mains. Various models are summarized such as break frequency curves, deterioration/decay/survival curves, condition rating curves and condition rating indices, and serviceability/performance curves. This report also provides new case study information on how condition curves are used by utilities for managing their water infrastructure based upon a survey of nine utilities. The utilities that were surveyed for these case studies used methods that ranged from very detailed asset management programs that combine inspection, monitoring, and test data with their pipeline condition assessment program to simple analyses of pipe break history to prioritize pipeline renewal activities. The review also discusses short-term and long-term research needs for further development of a performance-based buried infrastructure asset management approach to improve the quality and quantity of data used by all utilities.

Purpose/Objective:

A key requirement for asset management is to understand the condition of pipelines in a system. The development of economical tools to prioritize pipe renewal based upon structural condition and remaining asset life is essential to effectively manage water infrastructure assets for both large and small diameter pipes. One tool that may facilitate asset management is a condition curve. A condition curve is a graphical representation of the condition of a pipeline versus time. If the appropriate curve can be matched to the pipe system of interest, then condition curves can be used to estimate the current condition, remaining asset life, and failure rate of a pipeline. These estimates can be very useful for both short-term and long-term maintenance and capital improvement planning.

URLs/Downloads:

http://nepis.epa.gov/Adobe/PDF/P100H8W0.pdf

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PUBLISHED REPORT/REPORT)
Start Date: 12/23/2013
Completion Date: 12/23/2013
Record Last Revised: 01/14/2014
Record Created: 01/07/2014
Record Released: 01/07/2014
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 266113

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT RESEARCH LABORATORY

WATER SUPPLY AND WATER RESOURCES DIVISION

URBAN WATERSHED MANAGEMENT BRANCH