Leaky Profits: The Importance of Automation in the Water Sector

Posted by Oren Cohen

Tue, Feb 11, 2014

water assets managementWater Stress is Happening Now in the World’s 8th Ranking Economy - California. The fact that weather is erratic is clearly seen in California’s current drought situation. Seventeen rural communities are likely to be severely short of water for the next four months. Many communities have water shortages that predate the current drought.

More than 3,000 CA water agencies were surveyed. With well water unavailable, it may be necessary to truck water in. In some areas there is 25% rationing. A goal of automation in the water sector is to provide a healthy water supply, in times of both drought and plenty. Automation in the water sector, including field service automation, will help protect essential water resources.

The Role of Automation in Effective Water Sector Operations

Carey E. Hidaka was chosen to head the 2013 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls (WWAC) Symposium. This conference focused on using software automation and instrumentation methods to effectively manage water and wastewater sectors while reducing overall waste of water resources. Innovative application of data analysis and visualization plays a key role in solving individual problems, such as device failure. Automation also solves long range planning failures such as those California is currently experiencing.

Asset management software and mobile workforce scheduling can also help provide short range and long range functionality. Utilizing water resources effectively and eliminating waste leads to the kind of success seen in Anglian Water, as it sustained 20% more population with the same amount of water, just by decreasing leakage and waste. Conservation of water and loss prevention were possible because of continuous monitoring controlled by software automation.

Mobility Solutions for Water Utilities 

Service dispatch scheduling software and field service automation are mobility solutions essential to field service optimization. Here are some of the many advantages:

Mobile field apps provide real time visibility to regulators as well as customers. Easy viewing of assets being restored and those scheduled next offers a comprehensive look at information that provides essential insights. This is achieved through the use of dispatch scheduling software, field service automation, and service dispatch scheduling software.

Whatever the challenge of climate and demographics, the ultimate result of efficient workforce management and field service automation is a sustainable water resource for any region.

Asset management systems that provide comprehensive and accurate data are critical to highly functional operations. Asset management is scalable for systems of any size. Whether you’re running a small drinking water system with 50 customers or managing the drinking water for the state of California, asset management supports the kind of long term planning that will help ensure successful operations.

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Tags: Enterprise Asset Management, Developments in Field Service Management