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There’s a lot for public works departments to consider when preparing for the transition into fall’s cooler temperatures, including their effect on day-to-day sewer collection system operations. The new season brings obvious challenges for wastewater systems — like fall foliage and increased rainfall — but it can also impact a department’s ability to inspect efficiently.
The National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) is responsible for maintaining Pipeline Assessment Certification Program (PACP) standards, as well as those for manholes (MACP) and laterals (LACP). It also certifies sewer asset management software, such as WinCan, to ensure it meets those standards. NASSCO requires all certified sewer asset management software to allow users to share PACP data across platforms, products and systems. This means you can import inspection data from a contractor using different software into WinCan and trust that it’ll still be PACP compliant, and that the integrity of the information won’t be compromised.
Software has an end of life, it is just not as apparent as in the case of hardware. It doesn’t just simply stop powering on. Usually operators are the first to notice that software isn’t performing the way it was built. It slows down, crashes and requires duplication of effort instead offering seamless integration. But upgrading isn’t always that easy; publicly-operated agencies have to navigate through lengthy approval processes and bureaucratic red tape to help administrators see the value in upgrading their software.
For infrastructure operators in the City of San Clemente, California, efficiency is a way of life. This coastal town of around 70,000 takes a comprehensive view of asset management. In doing so, it deploys strategic technology to manage risk and ensure the quality of its wastewater system — and the wellbeing of its community.
Wastewater systems are vital to ensuring the health of our communities. Yet they are constantly at risk — from both everyday wear and tear and catastrophic natural disasters — so departments must ensure their systems are resilient and sustainable.
In the realm of asset management and data storage software, the term “workflow” is frequently used. For operators in the field, it applies to work order creation and prioritization, how they set up their worksite, or how they finalize and submit inspection data. But for software, a workflow encompasses a wide array of procedures, macros and background functionality performed by various software components working together to remove personnel from menial tasks.
As the United States moves into the summer months, the nation moves from one flood season to another. Currently, St. Louis, Mo. and other midwestern communities are grappling with flooding brought on by higher than expected rainfall flowing into the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. As the summer continues, much of the Midwest and Southwestern United States will face high water events. Though occasional overflows are a natural part of living in a floodplain, major floods can bring a host of problems to an area, including damaged infrastructure and residences, hazardous waste leakage, and increased mosquito populations.
The departure of long-time employees can be a concern for companies and municipalities and lead to questions of how they will effectively replace such valuable workers and their wealth of knowledge and experience.