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water intakes, well fields, treatment
plants, storage facilities, pump stations,
transmission mains and service lines. So,
a key challenge becomes keeping track of
the ongoing maintenance and replacement
needs of all that infrastructure.
The role of GIS
One great way to connect field data
collection with office operations is to map
and plan for ongoing maintenance with
a geographic information system (GIS).
GIS integrates mapping and databases so
that detailed information about facilities

can be maintained, while also accurately
representing its location. Items such as
installation dates, maintenance activities,
pipeline breaks, meter readings and
product specifications can be recorded
and managed on a daily basis. This data
can guide managers to exercise valves at
an established frequency, identify failing
pipeline and replace meters that lose
accuracy with age.
Taking the use of GIS as an asset
management tool a step further, Greater
Ramsey Water District and Stutsman Rural
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are now leveraging the use of Bluetoothenabled global positioning system (GPS)
equipment in conjunction with ArcGIS
Online. This switch has improved those
system's data collection and infrastructure
feature locating. Previously, staff had
to use handheld GPS devices with no
real-time capability. Information had to
be downloaded and processed before
use. With this new approach, system
operations specialists, managers and
engineers can capture and share real-time
information about their water systems.
GPS data incorporated into a GIS database
preserves locations that previously were
limited to the memories of employees.
Financial management
Having a clear inventory of a water
system's infrastructure assets also allows
a system to understand not only the
maintenance needs, but also the overall
system's value. As the water demands in
a system grow and infrastructure ages,
responsible business planning demands
that the value be considered when setting
rate structures. Rates need to consider
not only the current operating budget, but
also the future cost of replacing facilities
that are nearing the end of their life. Rural
water district managers are responsible
to the Board of Directors for knowing
what the district's assets are worth.
Knowing the value of a water system's
infrastructure is also particularly important
when dealing with wholesale supply
contracts, extraordinarily large customers
and territory boundary negotiations.
Yet, most systems do not know the
true value of their assets because there
is not a compelling need and because it is
often included in audits. However, audits
can provide very inaccurate estimates
because they are typically based on
depreciation of original construction cost.
For example, a 6-inch pipeline constructed
in 1992 may have originally cost $5 per
foot, or roughly $26,500 per mile. If it
has depreciated half of its life, it would
be valued today at just over $13,000. Yet,
if that pipe were to be replaced today, it
would cost about $10 per foot, or $53,000
for a mile. Determining the replacement
costs of infrastructure therefore must
be done independently of any audit to
accurately identify the amount of funds
that will need to be collected annually


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018

From the President
Infrastructure and Rural Water
Rural Prosperity Through Infrastructure, Partnerships and Innovation
Building Your Reserves to Plan for the Future
Rural Water Loan Fund Helps Small System Repair Well After Lightning Strike
State Rural Water Association Profile: Kansas Rural Water Association
A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Regulatory Update
Case Study: Screw Pumps Provide Treatment Plant with Efficient Alternative
Up the Creek: The Secret of Longevity
Index to Advertisers/Advertisers.com
From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Intro
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - bellyband1
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - bellyband2
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - cover1
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - cover2
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 7
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 8
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 9
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 10
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - From the President
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Infrastructure and Rural Water
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 13
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 14
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 15
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 16
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 17
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Rural Prosperity Through Infrastructure, Partnerships and Innovation
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 19
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 20
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Building Your Reserves to Plan for the Future
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 22
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 23
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 24
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Rural Water Loan Fund Helps Small System Repair Well After Lightning Strike
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - State Rural Water Association Profile: Kansas Rural Water Association
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 27
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 28
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 29
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 30
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 32
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 33
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 34
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Regulatory Update
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 36
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 37
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 38
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 39
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 40
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Case Study: Screw Pumps Provide Treatment Plant with Efficient Alternative
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 42
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 43
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 44
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Up the Creek: The Secret of Longevity
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 46
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 47
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Index to Advertisers/Advertisers.com
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 49
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - From the CEO
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