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Implementing and Using GIS in Water Distribution Systems. Jason Britton GIS/Contract Coordinator Madison County Water Department. Reasons to Implement GIS. Increased Accuracy in Identifying Your Infrastructure Field Aid for System Operators, Inspectors, and Construction Crews

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Implementing and using gis in water distribution systems

Implementing and Using GIS in Water Distribution Systems

Jason Britton

GIS/Contract Coordinator

Madison County Water Department


Reasons to implement gis
Reasons to Implement GIS

  • Increased Accuracy in Identifying Your Infrastructure

  • Field Aid for System Operators, Inspectors, and Construction Crews

  • Increased Ability to Plan for Construction Projects Such As Main Upgrades or New Main Installation

  • Increased Accuracy of Information Given to the Public


Reasons to implement gis cont
Reasons to Implement GIS (Cont.)

  • Identify Areas that Need Fire Protection

  • Establish Distinct Service Zone Borders

  • Identify Areas of Lost Revenue

  • Retiring Employees

  • Stay Ahead of Government Mandates


Cost of implementing gis
Cost of Implementing GIS

  • The Cost of Implementing GIS Can Seem Very Expensive

  • In Reality, Cost Can be Surprisingly Low

  • A Water Provider Can Implement GIS for the Cost of a Computer w/ an Internet Connection, GPS Equipment, and Basic GIS Software

  • Software Training, Hiring a Consultant, or Hiring GIS Personnel


Gis implementation
GIS Implementation

  • Identify Your GIS Priorities

  • Coordinate With Other County Entities

  • Look Online for Free GIS Data

  • Start with the Basics – Big Pieces of Infrastructure to Smaller Ones

  • Rely on Your Fellow Employees for Help

  • Be Dedicated to the Process

  • Realize a GIS is Always a Work in Progress


Types of info to include
Types of Info to Include

  • Main Size, Type, Depth, Distance off Pavement

  • Valve Locations in Relation To Road Centerline or Edges of Pavement

  • Building Footprints and Addresses

  • Possible Utility Hazards

  • Data on Water Facilities






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