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Water Distribution Asset Inventory: An Asset Management Approach for Valves & Hydrants  William Flanagan

William Flanagan graduated from Montana State University in 1999 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. 1999 to 2005 worked in the San Franscisco, CA area as a Sr. Project Manager for Merilich Mechancial. 2006 moved his family back to Bozeman, MT to work for an HVAC manufactures representative (S. Conley Sales, Inc.) for nine years. In 2015, William joined the isiWEST team as a municipalities’ manufactures representative covering the state of MT and Northern tier counties of WY.

Water distribution system infrastructures are aging and becoming less reliable. A noticeable reduction in system performance begins to show up as higher operating and capital costs, an increase in risks and a decline in the ability to meet customer’s expectations. Water system managers acknowledge that the decline in distribution system performance is no longer acceptable, and that if unaddressed, that the risks and costs will continue to increase over time. Faced with these challenges, many utilities are initiating asset inventory programs, specifically on valve and hydrants, that leverage proven asset management strategies in order to increase system efficiency, reduce the consequence of failures and improve customer service.

In this presentation we will share the proactive steps taken by some utilities to kick start their renewal program by teaming with experts in distribution system asset assessment and inventory. These programs produce immediate results by identifying gaps in system information and begin the important process of documenting assets throughout the distribution system and improving operational intelligence. While this program is a “kick-start”, and delivers meaningful, real results, the end game is to put in place, processes that will result in predictable and dependable system performance; a program that is well-defined and capable of being sustained by the Utility.

Additionally, our presentation will provide specific examples of problems and surprises discovered in the process and how these situations were resolved. We will also share in detail the results and status of example renewal programs including:
1. Program objectives,
2. Findings,
3. Comparisons with other major water systems, and
4. Examples of best practices