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QGIS Water Mains & Services Mapping & the Collaboration between Public Water Supply District #6 of Clay County, MO & Alliance Water Resources, Inc., of Columbia, MO


Many small communities struggle with the cost of starting a GIS program. By using open-source GIS and standard processes for collecting and managing data, costs and implementation time are significantly reduced. This case study discusses how a public water district uses GIS asset management tools and services to provide a standardized, scalable asset management solution, enabling them to provide more accurate information to the One Call Center in order to better filter tickets they do not need to receive.

  • A collaborative relationship between Public Water Supply District #6 of Clay County, MO, Alliance Water Resources and consultant CDP Engineers/MapSync resulted in the development of a cost-effective GIS program to minimize damages to the District's underground facilities.
  • Utilizing a GeoSync app available to smartphones, the District locates assets with handheld GPS units and manages them via GeoSync’s app and/or desktop computers through customized data collection forms.

Implementation has produced high-quality initial results in providing better information to Missouri One Call to enhance the field operations of excavators and reduce costs, as well as other useful information including water usage patterns and trends, maintenance, leak history and more.

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