Lexington, KY to Use GIS to Improve City Water Quality Management

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG)  of Kentucky has selected to use Accela Automation, a web-based software, to help improve the city’s water quality management and to facilitate compliance with U.S. environmental regulations, including the EPA and the Clean Water Act (Earth Times). The idea is to use the software to “manage all activity relating to the inventory, inspection, repair and maintenance of sanitary and stormwater sewer systems, and to consolidate information that currently tracks 16,500 of records annually across twenty-two databases” (Accela Inc.).  One advantage is that there will be more efficient monitoring and reporting. The following will become accomplished 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
  • regulate discharge of materials into water assets in order to prevent storm water pollution” (Earth Times)

Shown above is an image of an existing interactive map of Lexington-Fayette County, Kentucky. “Accela GIS 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.” (Accela Inc.)  To read the full article click here. To learn more about Accela GIS click here.

Sources: Earth Times, Accela Inc. http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/lexington-fayette-to-augment-water-quality-management-with-accela-software,1259300.shtml

Picture taken from: http://gisweb1.lfucg.com/maps/mia/viewer.htm

Christine Irven, VERTICES intern

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