Client: DC Water
Services: Provides water and waste water services for Washington DC.Operates more than 1,200 miles of pipes and 1,800 miles of sanitary and combined sewers.
Operations: Service area of over 700 square miles, caters to more than 670,000 people
Asset management is critical for utilities like DC Water. Efficient asset management leads to informed decision making on the planning side and better execution of system repairs or improvements. It also helps maximize returns on capital and operating investments along with significant increase in customer satisfaction levels through improvements in the timeliness and quality of the service provided (less outages/problems & better services).
DC Water embarked on a digital initiative to replace manual, paper-based processes, which were error prone, slow and labor intensive, with an online real-time application to support third-party contractors who worked on DC Water systems. The company needed to integrate siloed processes to record changes to water and sewer assets, automate manual backflow prevention compliance activities and bring in record keeping and other processes online. There was also a need to reduce the impact of fats, oils and grease (FOG) on the collection system by scrutinizing installation and cleaning of grease abatement solution.
DC Water was looking for a solution that was affordable, easy to implement and maintain, and didn’t require additional on-premise infrastructure. The company needed a modular and scalable platform that could include future services. The vision was to market it as a product to other utility companies in the US.
In addition to being web based, the solution had to have the ability to provide mobile accessto field workers, had to be intuitive and one that required as little training as possible for users.
DC Water needed a solution that could operate independently while also allowing for integration with existing asset management and customer systems, have the ability to synchronize data between different systems and reduce redundancies and overheads.