Water utilities can — and should — integrate GIS (geographic information system) technology with hydraulic modeling, according to a Water Efficiency article.
While the original function of a GIS for a water or wastewater utility was to be able to map capital assets, when integrated with hydraulic modeling, GIS also provides opportunities for spatial analysis and data management, the publication reports.
Integrating the two systems provides planners and technicians access to more reliable, up-to-date information, reduced response time, and accessibility of modeling elements and data.
It also allows utilities to get the most from their GIS investment and allows operators and managers to make the best decisions about how to operate their systems. Additionally, it helps utilities plan for “what if” scenarios, which minimizes costs and maximizes efficiency.
Badger Meter this week released an update for its EyeOnWater mobile app, which helps water utilities’ customers manage their water use.