Cincinnati Water Utility Uses Sedarū for Water Quality Analytics

The Greater Cincinnati Water Works (GCWW) has employed Sedarū to enhance its water quality sampling program and increase operational awareness. The industry?s real-time solution to connect organizational data, systems, and people across the water enterprise, Sedarū leverages hydraulic, asset and operational management analytics so utilities can anticipate water operations, understand impacts and solve problems for energy, quality, water resource, and asset management initiatives.

GCWW serves over one million customers, with 3,100 miles of?piping. GCWW identified a need to integrate its water quality data, systems and workflows to minimize data loss, to reduce time spent by staff receiving and interpreting?data from static, different, and disconnected data sources, and to improve data reporting,?trending and presentation.?

The goal was for staff to be automatically prompted by alerts or notifications and be?presented with the information that they need to take action readily.?To address these issues, GCWW uses Sedarū to optimize water quality sampling, notification, and reporting procedures, as well as to enhance the interconnectedness and communication of the sampling group.

Sedarū Helps Transform?Water Quality Data Handling at GCWW

GCWW routinely collects more than 400 water quality samples per month from close to 100 locations in its distribution system to comply with the Total Coliform Rule. Historically, this?process?involved manual, spreadsheet-driven data entry without map interaction, which then required?staff to again upload the data into a separate, disconnected database that was used for data?validation, archiving and compliance reports.

GCWW needed to transform its water quality sampling?process to become aware of potential quality compliance breaches in a more proactive manner, while?gaining greater benefits from the time and resources invested in this critical operational?workflow. GCWW also needed real-time data entry using lightweight mobile devices in the field,?GIS-based mapping, and an office-based operating platform to record data within a?centralized database for monitoring, detection, response, and analytics against?water quality events and trends, while being correlated with results from a computer model of its water?distribution system.

GCWW worked with IDModeling to deploy Sedarū,?utilizing the?latest secure, cloud-based technology to automate the water quality data collection process, while leveraging scalable mobile devices to capture data. These data now all reside in a central, secure,?and shared database with other engineering and O&M data for collaborative mapping for?operations and maintenance decision-making. GCWW now inputs information one?time in the?field, and that information is integrated with SCADA, GIS, hydraulics,?and real-time alerts for a dynamic?operational display in the office, where real-time communications can be initiated.

With Sedarū deployed,?GCWW now experiences more accurate data collection, with less time spent in the field. Real-time?updating?of collected data in Sedarū enables tracking of work, real-time information on system-wide water quality, and?automatic alerts.

?We are very pleased to partner with GCWW to help streamline their water quality data handling, increase awareness, and deliver actionable insights throughout the utility on this mission?critical workflow,” said Paul Hauffen, IDModeling CEO. ?GCWW is a recognized industry leader in deploying forward-thinking technology to optimize the management of their system.?

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