How Electric System Mapping Helped the Water Utility

“Electric reliability is an important selling point when we speak with manufacturers who are considering building a facility in Mountain Lake,” commented Michael Schulte, city administrator. “SCADA and Beehive provide us with more and better data about the health of our electric system, helping identify ways to improve operations by increasing efficiencies.”

Michael also shares a story of a customer who came into the city’s office to report a possible water leak.
“This customer had some low-lying land where there was standing water, even when there had been no rain. We couldn’t identify a leak in the water system, but because we had Beehive, we could look at where our electric lines were. We found an electric line that ran under that property, and we thought, if there’s a buried electric line there, maybe there’s a buried water pipe there. Sure enough, there was, and we were able to fix it.”

Michael doesn’t know how much water was lost because of the leak, but he thought it could be thousands, even tens of thousands, of gallons.

“Although we’re not using Beehive to map our water system, we’re glad we could use it to identify where water could be leaking on our system,” Michael said. “Thanks to advanced digital technology, and CMPAS, we are taking better care of our customers. We only have three employees in the electric department, so digitizing our system and leveraging CMPAS’ expertise helps us stretch our resources.”

“Thanks to advanced digital technology, and CMPAS, we are taking better care of our customers,”
– Michael Schulte, City Administrator.