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Providing safe and reliable access to clean water is a key challenge for utilities around the world; as infrastructure ages and populations continue to grow, this challenge becomes more difficult to manage effectively.
However, innovative asset management strategies can provide utilities with information on their buried assets. Knowing what assets they have and when they will need rehabilitation is crucial for planning and fiscally responsible decision making. In order to help utilities manage all aspects of their complex water and wastewater systems, Pure Technologies offers the PureNet™ solution, which allows utilities to manage their infrastructure data more effectively.
Integrated Utility Data
PureNet™ streamlines information from existing utility databases such as billing systems, hydraulic models, workload programs and maintenance management systems into one platform to improve efficiency. The system can also merge pipeline condition assessment and monitoring data into the platform to provide operators with valuable information on asset condition.
- Prioritize asset management activities
- Postpone network expansion by demand management
- Postpone pipeline replacement
- Adopt a selective assess and repair strategy
HOW PURENET™ WORKS?
PureNet™ helps streamline planning and decision making by establishing maintenance priorities, budgets, and planning of future projects, as well as providing information on the condition and useful life of a utility’s infrastructure. The software moves utilities from reactive to proactive asset management and bridges the gap between operations, engineering and finance.
WHY IMPLEMENT AN ASSET MANAGEMENT PROGRAM?
A number of recent reports have highlighted the need for better asset management practices in the water and wastewater industry as existing infrastructure ages. The prevailing thought is that better understanding, planning and efficiency can help utilities save money and provide better service to customers as they renew these assets.
Black & Veatch’s 2012 Strategic Directions in the U.S. Water Utility Industry Report highlighted the need for American utilities to adopt asset management programs that streamline all infrastructure information and planning. The report also denoted aging water and sewer infrastructure as the most important issue facing utilities in 2012, and long-term asset management programs as the best solution to address this challenge.
The Canadian Infrastructure Report Card 2012 also highlighted the need for better asset management among Canadian utilities. The report found that many municipalities lack the internal capacity and resources to accurately assess the state of their infrastructure; many respondents had limited data on water treatment and pumping facilities and the condition of buried pipeline assets.
Initial case studies of utilities using PureNet™ show that the implementation of a system within a utility’s pipeline network can increase financial earnings by 3.5 percent.
The SoundPrint system uses the following sensor configurations:
By combing this system with a condition assessment program that evaluates the condition of water and wastewater pipelines, utilities can achieve a greater return on investment.
Through more than 8,000 miles of pressure pipe inspection, Pure has found that pipe deterioration is localized and entire pipelines do not need to be replaced. By identifying problematic areas and making selective repairs, utilities can prevent lengthy and costly replacement projects while increasing service reliability.
As water and wastewater infrastructure reaches the end of its design life, combining condition assessment with an asset management strategy will help utilities overcome the financial burden of aging infrastructure.