Geographical Infomation Systems and Digital Mapping for Water Supply Inventory
Water companies are complex organizations with many spatially distributed assets; pipes, plants, reservoirs and sewers. Furthermore they must communicate and interact effectively with a constantly changing base of hundreds of thousands of customers; industrial, agricultural and domestic. The statutory framework is continually evolving and companies must, more and more, consider such issues as the environment, liaise and report to regulatory bodies and operate in an increasingly competitive market. An efficient and secure information system is essential. More than most businesses, water companies have to manage uncertainty. In the UK in 1995, for example, a drought, followed by a cold snap caused many burst pipes and consequently increased leakage.
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