Nov 30, 2007

Cincinnati Transitions to New Reliability Program

Cincinnati, Ohio has implemented a new reliability-based asset management program for their wastewater treatment network.

GE Energy and the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSDGC) announced the successful implementation of a new reliability-based asset management program for MSDGC’s wastewater treatment network. The new system went live earlier this month and is the culmination of a year-long project that required GE to design and implement a comprehensive program to improve MSDGC’s maintenance and operating practices.

Improving the mechanical reliability of pumps and other equipment, especially during periods of peak demand such as after a rainstorm, was a critical aspect of the project. The program is part of a multi-faceted effort by MSDGC to improve its environmental compliance through better equipment reliability, ensuring that critical pumps are able to run during peak demand times. The program is also expected to reduce maintenance costs and energy usage while simultaneously enhancing safety and employee satisfaction.

Tony Parrott, executive director of MSDGC, said, “With GE’s partnership, we have improved reliability, enhanced our systems, and ultimately, saved the rate payers money by implementing proven private sector practices into the public sector.”

The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati manages the collection and treatment of more than 200 million gal of wastewater per day and maintains 3,000 miles of sanitary and combined sewers that run through the 49 municipalities and townships of Hamilton County, Ohio.