With a heightened focus on water loss, pipeline condition assessment has become a hot topic. Armed with better data, utilities are making more informed decisions about their Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) budgets and repair or replace pipeline priorities.
“First you need to know what you own,” explains John Galleher, Vice President of Pure Technologies. “There are a lot of agencies through poor historical record-keeping that don’t know what they have in the ground. The very first step is to find out what you have, where your valves are, what kind of pipe you have…”
In this Water Online Radio interview, Galleher explains that much of what is known about a utility’s assets is in the heads of its senior operational staff. And that staff is starting to retire without sufficient knowledge transfer. “Agencies want to do asset management and they are doing the best they can with the information they have,” Galleher said. “You have this knowledge that's walking out the door. Utilities don't know what questions to ask these guys to document it, to get it into some kind of a database to help that knowledge transfer going into the future.”
To learn more about understanding your water lines and some of the tools available to you in assessing pipeline condition, listen to the full interview by clicking on the audio player below: