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LFUCG to use technologies to manage sanitary and storm water sewer systems and improve compliance with EPA and Clean Water Act
Accela, Inc., announced that the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) in Kentucky has selected Accela Automation Web-based software to improve the city’s water quality management and to facilitate compliance with U.S. environmental regulations. LFUCG’s Div. of Water Quality will leverage Accela solutions to manage activity relating to the inventory, inspection, repair and maintenance of sanitary and storm water sewer systems, and to consolidate information that currently tracks more than 16,500 records annually across 22 databases, the company said.
LFUCG, which serves a population of over 250,000 in the urban service area, will utilize the Accela Asset Management module of Accela Automation as a single point of access for data sharing and workflow, enabling more efficient monitoring and reporting in compliance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Clean Water Act requirements, according to Accela. When deployed in early 2011, the new system will automate aspects of the Div. of Water Quality’s operations, allowing it to more effectively:
• Review, approve and track construction projects;
• Receive, investigate and prioritize requests for service; • Generate and assign work orders and reports, and automate work scheduling;
• Build an easily accessible asset library and maintenance history; and
• Regulate discharge of materials into water assets in order to prevent storm water pollution.
The Accela GIS and Accela Mobile Office solutions will help field-based inspection and maintenance teams more easily and consistently track the location and status of sanitary sewer and storm water data, further boosting preventative maintenance of critical water quality assets, the company said.
“A well maintained municipal water infrastructure is critical to environmental quality and public health,” said Accela CEO and president, Maury Blackman. “But many communities today are struggling to maintain their aging water systems while coping with budget constraints and greater public use. Technology that streamlines the management of water related assets is a vital component in any city’s strategic infrastructure planning. Lexington-Fayette’s innovative thinking sets a great example for all communities.”
“Our team is dedicated to delivering excellent customer service and enhancing Lexington-Fayette’s environment,” said Charlie Martin, director of LFUCG’s Div. of Water Quality. “Improving operations and giving our staff the tools to keep ahead of asset maintenance requirements are central to those objectives.”