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Performance Benchmarking for Effectively Managed Water Utilities (Project 4313). User Guide for the Self-Assessment Tool. January 2014 – Public Release 1.0.

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Performance Benchmarking for Effectively Managed Water Utilities (Project 4313)

User Guide for the Self-Assessment Tool

January 2014 – Public Release 1.0

overview

The Self-Assessment Tool includes Practice Areas for each of the 10 EUM Attributes as well as key metrics to measure performance for each of those practices.

The Tool enables utilities to select and weigh their relevant attributes and practices, and then assess those practices for both current and target performance.

This guide explains the steps necessary to use the tool and leverage its capabilities.

For additional information on Effective Utility Management, please visit http://watereum.org/

Overview
opening the tool
Opening the Tool

When the Tool is opened, a simple disclosure “splash screen” is presented. Exit the application or start the EUM Tool by clicking the associated button.

attributes
Attributes

After weighting, click this button to navigate to the next screen.

Weigh each Attribute in terms of relative importance to the utility compared with the other selected Attributes. If a weight of 0 is selected, the Attribute will not be included in the assessment; otherwise scales of 1-10 or 1-100 are examples of weighting options that will work.

practice areas
Practice Areas

After weighting, click this button to navigate to the next screen.

Only Attributes that have been weighed appear on this screen. Next, weigh the relative importance of each Practice Area that should be included in the assessment.As with the Attributes, if a weight of 0 is selected, the Practice Area will not be included in the assessment; otherwise a scales of 1-10 or 1-100 are examples of weighting options that will work.

performance measures
Performance Measures

After choosing the Performance Measures, click this button to create the customized self-assessment.

Enter “Y” or “N” to select Performance Measures that should be included in the assessment.

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Customized Menu

The next step is to select these links or navigate through the Performance Measure tabs to assess each Performance Measure.

The Tool creates a scoring matrix for each of the Performance Measures under each Attribute. The worksheet names are coded using the Attribute #, Practice Area #, and Performance Measure #.

The Tool also creates summary sheets for each of the selected Attributes containing the current and target scores along with the weighted totals.

perform assessment
Perform Assessment

The column and row headings can be edited by double-clicking the appropriate cell if you’d like to modify the pre-defined criteria descriptions.

Find the intersection between the correct level of performance with degree of implementation for your utility. Click to enter your current performance and repeat the process to enter the target.

Clicking the squares within the matrix will turn on/off “Current,” “Target,” or “Current & Target.”

Select current performance before selecting a target. Clicking activated squares will reset them for re-scoring.

After completing all of the performance measure assessments, click on

In defining the performance measures, some rows and columns were intentionally left blank.  Please use caution to avoid selecting the blank rows/columns.

verify assessment
Verify Assessment

Clicking this button will test to see if there aremissing data that must be entered before continuing.

Use these links to navigate to specific Attribute(s) for the next step.

potential assessment errors
Potential Assessment Errors

The first potential error is that a Performance Measure has not yet been assessed. This is resolved by navigating to the appropriate Performance Measure(s) and recording the current and target performance.

The second potential error is that a Practice Area has been weighted, but no Performance Measures have been selected. This is resolved by either setting the Practice Area weight to zero or entering “Y” in one or more Performance Measures related to that Practice Area.

The third potential scoring error is that an Attribute has been weighted, but no Practice Areas have been selected. This is resolved by either setting the Attribute weight to zero, or entering a numerical weight for one or more Practices Areas related to that Attribute, and then entering “Y” in one or more Performance measures related to each selected Practice Area.

review attributes
Review Attributes

Practice Area scores (arithmetic mean of Performance Measure scores) are listed in the table and illustrated in the graph.

The individual Performance Measures are listed, with links to their sheets. If necessary, click the links to revise assessments.

Current and target performance scores are listed based on the matrix selections.

removing vs deleting
Removing vs. Deleting
  • The following two slides illustrate the process that can be used to add/remove assessment elements and to delete Performance Measures, respectively.
  • Removing assessment elements takes them out of the assessment summaries but does not delete the underlying Performance Measure sheets and scoring from the tool;
  • Deleting Performance Measures deletes the underlying Performance Measure sheets and scoring from the tool.
return to setup
Return to Setup

If you determine that it is appropriate to add or remove elements from what is shown in the assessment, you can add or remove Attributes, Practice Areas, and Performance Measures, even after scoring, by selecting the element and making appropriate adjustments.

delete performance measures
Delete Performance Measures

If it is determined that certain Performance Measures are no longer needed, click this button to remove them.

This process does not affect the settings on the setup menu; therefore , in order to prevent the deleted Performance Measure(s) from reappearing, they should be switched from “Y” to “N” in the setup menu.

This pop-up window will appear with each of the Performance Measures listed. Click the check boxes for the Performance Measures you’d like to remove and then click OK.

review results
Review Results

After the assessment has been completed, the summary results for each Attribute (based on the Practice Area weights) are listed and illustrated on the graph. The total weighted utility score is also provided, based on the specific Attribute weights.

product quality
Product Quality
  • Comply with Regulatory and Reliability Requirements
    • Degree of Success in Achieving Target Drinking Water Compliance Rate (percent)
    • Degree of Success in Achieving Target Wastewater Treatment Effectiveness Rate (percent)
    • Degree to Which Near Compliance Misses are Minimized (water)
    • Degree to Which Near Compliance Misses are Minimized (wastewater)
    • Meet National and Other Applicable Objectives for Residuals Quantity and Quality
    • Extent to Which Supplemental Local Goals are Addressed
  • Address Customer Needs
    • Achievement of Target Drinking Water Flow and Pressure (percent)
    • Achievement of Target Fire Suppression Flow and Pressure (percent)
    • Extent to Which Service Interruptions are Reduced to Target Levels (percent)
    • Extent to Which Sewer Backups are Reduced to Target Levels (percent)
    • Extent to Which Sanitary Sewer Overflows are Reduced to Target Levels
    • Extent to Which Combined Sewer Overflows are Reduced to Target Levels
    • Extent to Which Safe Drinking Water Act Secondary Standards are met
  • Address Public Health and Ecological Needs
    • Achievement of Water Reuse Targets (percent)
    • Achievement of Beneficial Biosolids Usage Targets (percent)
customer satisfaction
Customer Satisfaction
  • Minimize Customer Complaints
    • Extent to Which Customer Service Complaint Rates Fall within Target Levels
    • Extent to Which Technical Quality Complaint Rates Fall within Target Levels
  • Achieve Target Level of Customer Service Delivery
    • Degree of Field Call Responsiveness (water)
    • Degree of Field Call Responsiveness (wastewater)
    • Degree to Which Error-driven Billing Adjustments Are Minimized
    • Degree to Which Service Start/Stop Responsiveness Falls Within Target Levels
    • Extent to Which Customer Issues are Resolved by Call Center/Customer Service at the time of the First Call
    • Degree to Which Customer Service Responsiveness Falls Within Target Levels
    • Degree of Abandoned Calls
  • Receive Positive Customer Perceptions
    • Degree of Positive Customer Feedback Received
    • Perception of Effectiveness at Dispute Management and Resolution
  • Efficiently Deliver Customer Service
    • Efficiency of Customer Service (Ratio of Cost/O&M Spending)
employee and leadership development
Employee and Leadership Development
  • Recruit Appropriate Talent
    • Degree of Success in Implementing a Recruitment Strategy
    • Extent to Which Job Descriptions are Implemented
    • Adequacy of Interview and Selection Processes
  • Retain Existing Talent
    • Degree of Implementation of Retention Management Plans
    • Degree of Implementation of Onboarding Programs
    • Degree of Implementation of Job Satisfaction Programs
    • Degree of Success in Employee Engagement
  • Address Succession Planning Needs
    • Adequacy of Workforce Forecasting
    • Adequacy of Succession Plan
  • Strengthen Core Competencies
    • Degree of Success in Implementing Performance Management Systems
    • Degree of Implementation of Learning Programs
    • Level of Management Training Achieved
operational optimization
Operational Optimization
  • Provide for Ongoing Operational Improvements
    • Track Record in Providing for Ongoing Operational Improvements
    • Extent to which Operational and Technology Improvements Are Deployed
    • Extent to Which Automated Regulatory Monitoring & Reporting Systems are Implemented (Water)
    • Extent to Which Automated Regulatory Monitoring & Reporting Systems are Implemented (Wastewater)
  • Minimize Resource Use and Losses from Day to Day Operations
    • Degree of Implementation of Resource Optimization Plans
    • Degree of Energy Optimization
    • Degree of Labor Optimization
    • Degree of Chemicals Optimization
    • Degree of Residuals Optimization
    • Degree of Maintenance Optimization
financial viability
Financial Viability
  • Develop Sound Financial Plan
    • Degree to Which Financial Planning Efforts Support Strong Bond Ratings
    • Degree to Which Rate Increase Level is Supported by Planning Studies
    • Appropriateness of Rate Planning Horizon
    • Appropriateness of Balance of Capital Spending Between Debt and Equity Expenditures
  • Provide Financial Integrity
    • Financial Policy Integrity
    • Financial Procedural Integrity
  • Achieve Budget Management Effectiveness
    • Appropriateness of Annual Revenue to Expenditure Ratio (operating)
    • Appropriateness of Annual Revenue to Expenditure Ratio (capital)
    • Appropriateness of Annual Revenue to Expenditure Ratio (Overall)
    • Degree to Which Long-term Life-cycle Accounting Employs Risk-Based Considerations
    • Adequacy of Operating Reserves
infrastructure stability
Infrastructure Stability
  • Develop and Implement an Asset Management Program
    • Degree of Implementation of an Asset Management (AM) Framework
    • Degree of Implementation of Levels of Service
    • Degree of Development of an Asset Management Plan
  • Maintain Knowledge of Assets and Costs
    • Level of Asset Inventory
    • Level of Asset Condition Information
    • Level of Asset Performance Information
    • Availability of Cost of Asset Ownership Information
  • Incorporate Risk-Based Analysis into Decisions
    • Degree to Which Risk of Failure Analysis is Incorporated in Decision-Making
    • Extent to Which Critical Assets are Identified
    • Extent to Which Risk Mitigation Options are Identified and Evaluated as Part of Decision-Making
operational resiliency
Operational Resiliency
  • Incorporate Risk Assessments into Decision-making
    • Extent to Which Vulnerability Assessments (VAs) are Conducted and Recommendations Implemented
  • Implement Risk Mitigation
    • Emergency Response and Recovery Planning
    • Business Continuity Planning / Continuity of Operations Planning
    • Crisis Communications
    • Business Risk
  • Sustain Employee Resiliency
    • Achievement in Employee Injury Time Reduction
    • Health and Safety Training
    • Health and Safety Plan
community sustainability
Community Sustainability
  • Utility Organization
    • Leadership
    • Sustainability Plan
    • Management System
    • Sustainability Reporting
  • Infrastructure Project Sustainability
    • Project Planning, Design, and Engineering
    • Infrastructure Procurement
    • General Procurement
  • Natural Environment
    • Water Management
    • Water Conservation
    • Stormwater
    • Energy
    • Waste Reduction
    • Ecosystem Services
    • Pollution Prevention
    • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Economic Strength
    • Economic Competitiveness
    • Local Sourcing
    • Local Payroll
  • Social Equity
    • Use of Strategic Financial Planning to Minimize Overall Rate Impacts
    • Appropriate Use of Affordability Programs to Protect Specially Impacted Groups
    • Degree of Success in Keeping Customer Bills Within Affordable Levels
    • Community Support
water resource adequacy
Water Resource Adequacy
  • Achieve Water Supply Adequacy
    • Adequacy of Long-Term Water Supply
    • Adequacy of the Ratio of Short-term Supply to Short-term Demand (12-mo rolling average)
    • Degree of Implementation of a Basin Supply Plan
    • Degree of Implementation of Drought Management Plan
    • Degree of Implementation of a Source Water Protection Plan
  • Optimize Reduction of Non-Revenue Water
    • Degree of Success in Achieving Target Levels of Annual Non-revenue Water (NRW)
    • Degree of Success in Achieving Target % of Real Water Loss
  • Implement Water Conservation
    • Degree of Success in Achieving Target Per Capita Use
  • Achieve Water Supply Reliability
    • Degree of Implementation of Demand Management/Demand Reduction Plans
    • Frequency of Full Satisfaction of Demand
    • Consideration of Supply/Demand Uncertainty
    • Degree of Success in Managing Raw Water Turbidity to Target Levels
stakeholder understanding and support
Stakeholder Understanding and Support
  • Stakeholder Identification
    • Degree of Success in Stakeholder Identification and Analysis
  • Stakeholder Engagement Plan
    • Degree of Success in Developing and Executing a Stakeholder Engagement Plan
  • Oversight Body Engagement Strategy
    • Success in Gaining Oversight Body Understanding
  • Media Interaction Program
    • Degree of Success in Interacting with Media (Traditional and Emerging) to Achieve Accurate Coverage
    • Degree of Success in Establishing Positive Coverage by the Media (Traditional and Emerging)
  • Stakeholder Support Performance Measurement System
    • Level of Stakeholder Support Received for Critical Strategic and Operational Directions