Strategy Needed To Improve Water Infrastructure

 

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The National coverage of Flint Michigan’s water crisis has brought the fundamental infrastructure challenges of overburdened water facilities to the forefront of city council agendas nationwide, a change from its usual absence of attention that has kept systems underfinanced and in the background. While Capital Improvement budgets and plans are commonplace among local government finance departments, adequate investment in water and sewer infrastructure has consistently lagged behind funding for other municipal projects and the useful life of existing pipes and plants continues to be pushed past its limits. Recent estimates by the American Society of Civil Engineers reports that drinking water infrastructure is typically more than 100 years old and in need of replacement across the nation[1]. System expansions and upgrades are expensive, and according to the Congressional Budget Office, states and localities cover more than three-quarters of all public spending on water infrastructure. Flint has offered the lesson that waiting until it’s too late is even more costly.

A silver lining from the Flint crisis is that many local governments are taking a hard look at their aged infrastructure in advance of any major issues or system failures. To aid in the identification of leaky pipes, local governments are realizing they need to have better measures to test, troubleshoot and ensure their water system meets all regulations and standards. One option being utilized is Smart Metering.  Smart meters offer the tools to collect the insight needed into utility operations and customer consumption that will help drive decision-making and improve asset management. The hardest step for any smart metering project is the first step, and MeterSYS can help by providing a custom implementation strategy tailored to your public water system that details the costs and benefits of smart metering. For more information, please contact our team of professionals at info@metersys.com or visit our website at www.metersys.com.

 

[1] http://infrastructurereportcard.org/a/#p/drinking-water/overview

New Director of Meter Services

MeterSYS is pleased to announce that Jeff Crisco has joined the Raleigh, North Carolina based company as Director of Meter Services.  Jeff brings a tremendous level of experience and training to the MeterSYS team having served as a Public Utilities Specialist for the U.S Army Garrison at Fort Lee in Virginia, Senior Sales Representative, Project Manager for Atlantic Utility Solutions and Director of Public Utilities for local government.  He has traveled overseas extensively including two combat tours in Iraq and has been awarded the Bronze Star for service in combat.

 

 

Black & Veatch Release 2016 Report

Smart City Infrastructure Gaining Global Momentumworld in waterdrop

Black & Veatch, a global engineering, consulting and construction services firm, released its 2016 Strategic Directions: Smart City/Smart Utility Report in February.  This report identifies trends and highlights issues reported by local communities as they upgrade their utility infrastructure. The main takeaway from this report is the major investment American cities are making in Internet of Things (IoT) technology, and how that is not only expected to increase in coming years, but the integration of two-way communication into municipal assets will allow big data to drive government investments, inform capital planning, and empower consumers through increased functionality and real-time customer service from their public utilities.

A statistic from the report states “90% of government and municipal respondents said they view smart city initiatives as transformational with the potential for long-term positive impacts on cities globally. Yet, more timage4han half of respondents say their organization does not really understand the smart city concept.” Metering as a service (MaaS) is a great option for local governments that do not have the means to manage the full requirements of smart city initiatives in-house. Almost 50% of municipalities who responded to Black & Veatch voiced this concern. If your local government is having trouble identifying how smart metering infrastructure can work for your city, we can help. MeterSYS offers a range of services specifically designed to help public officials evaluate, design, bid, and implement smart metering technology for gas, water, and electric utilities.