Smart Water Systems Worldwide

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2010-01-13 Print this article Print


Smart Water Systems Worldwide

Also last November, IBM announced that the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) is using IBM software to reduce the complexity and costs of managing the utility's resources and services, which span across more than 36,800 square miles and 58 counties in Central and South Texas, serving more than 2.2 million residents.

Using IBM Maximo Asset Management software along with IBM business partner Syclo's SMART Mobile Suite for Maximo, LCRA was able to consolidate asset information into one repository and integrate it with inventory, accounting and labor information to help staff identify issues before outages occur, accurately predict future resource needs and generate up-to-the-minute reports, IBM said.

LCRA used the IBM Maximo Mobile suite of software-including IBM Maximo Mobile Work Manager SE, IBM Maximo Mobile Inventory Manager SE and IBM Maximo Auditor SE-to mobilize its employees in the field and automate manual processes.

In another example of IBM technology at work in water management systems in the United States, Big Blue announced last summer that the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is using IBM software to help reduce pollution in the water that surrounds the city on three sides-the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

The SFPUC, which treats an average of 80 million to 90 million gallons of wastewater per day during dry weather and up to 370 million gallons of combined wastewater and storm runoff per day during the rainy season, is using the IBM software to develop smarter management of the city's 1,000 miles of sewer systems and three treatment facilities, IBM said.

"Using the IBM Maximo Asset Management software, problems are often solved within 24 hours," said Tommy Moala, assistant general manager of the SFPUC Wastewater Enterprise, in a statement. "But the real value of the IBM software is the information it gathers so that we can help further reduce water pollution. For example, with some work order histories generated from the IBM software, we can see that we've rebuilt a pump, say, 10 times-maybe it's time to replace it. The software also helps us to reduce the cost of managing the system down to the component level."

Examples of IBM Smart Water initiatives overseas include a recent $14.5 million agreement with Power and Water Corporation of Sydney, Australia, to help design and implement an asset management system aimed at delivering electricity, water and sewerage services to its customers more efficiently.

IBM also announced that Japan's Fukuoka District Waterworks Agency is using IBM software for a new system designed to increase the availability of usable water supply and improve water quality across eight cities, eight towns and Kasuga-Nakagawa Waterworks Agency in Japan. The software will help the agency in its efforts to treat and purify water at some locations and to desalinate water at others.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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