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Digital Revolution for Water/Wastewater Utility Management; From Paper to Digital Data

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Abstract:

Paper-based data is a long-term fixture of the Water and Wastewater Industry including both Municipalities and Private Operating Companies. Transcribing handwritten log sheets into multiple Excel spreadsheets is inefficient. It is common for monthly operation and compliance reports to take days to compile, compared to digital systems that take minutes. Implementing a digital data solution provides a more efficient and lower cost system with centralized information and reports.

Two questions that are addressed are how to make the transition to digital data and what kind of technology to use. Points to consider when evaluating replacing the Operators' handwritten log sheets with an inexpensive, hand-held device:

Initial equipment costs


Replacement costs


Required IT support


Standard or non-standard operating system or software


Security needs


Required training


Three case studies highlight the successes realized after operations replaced traditional paper log sheets with a digital system.

Keywords: digital data; water data collection

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2175/193864710798130599

Publication date: 2010-01-01

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