Water utilities are uncovering new opportunities to give critical assets an extended run, thanks to advancing technologies.
FREMONT, CA: Utility companies invest a majority of their capital in acquiring and maintaining critical assets. Water management facilities comprise many such investment-intensive assets. Prolonging the lifespan of these assets enables companies to minimize expenditure and maximize productivity in the long run. Today, a host of technologies is relevant to water management utilities in the context of asset maintenance and optimization. The list below mentions some of the ways in which advancing technologies are empowering water utilities to achieve elongated life for critical, expensive assets.
• A Shift from Preventive to Predictive Maintenance
A proactive approach to asset maintenance is crucial when it comes to extending the lifespan of critical infrastructure. Today, it is possible to deploy a predictive system that can bring deteriorating elements of water management systems under the notice of an operator well before it malfunctions. Smart sensor-enabled devices can easily transform a legacy maintenance regime into an advanced one, giving utilities the chance to minimize potential damage.
• Intelligent Decision-Making
Connectivity-enabled assets can be effectively monitored by centralized control rooms. Utility operators can effortlessly access operational data from every connected end-point. The easy access to operational data, and the availability of analytical tools is resulting in intelligent decision-making, favoring water utility asset management. With an integrated and secure solution, enhancing infrastructure and asset management becomes convenient and streamlined.
• A Mobile Workforce
Asset performance and maintenance require backing from technical teams. Creating a mobile workforce that can easily stay connected to vital decision support systems can greatly improve the asset lifecycle. With a mobile workforce, water utilities will also have the opportunity to collect error-free data from stranded assets and effectively manage repair and maintenance tasks.
A comprehensive approach towards inducting advanced technology into repair and maintenance of water utility assets will help operators achieve better performance and outcomes from existing infrastructure.