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Posted on: December 19, 2018

NMB Water completes Urgent Reliability Improvement Projects

NMB Water crews test fire hydrants

The Interconnect Value Project is one of NMB Water's major accomplishments in 2018.  

This project rebuilt four non-functional valves that provide backup water supply in the event of a failure at the NMB Water’s Norwood Water Treatment Plant.  It will also minimize and help prevent the system having to issue a costly precautionary boil water notification.  This project also provides the ability for staff to exercise and test the valves periodically, which was not done in the past.  

Energy Optimization Pilot Project – Electrical power monitoring equipment was installed on major electrical systems at the Norwood Water Treatment Plant.  These have been collecting power consumption data and power quality information to reduce energy use in the future.  This is a major improvement to the sustainability of the utility as individual processes are being monitored to create a year-long baseline.  If this system is effective, it will be implemented permanently.

Water Valve Exercise Program – NMB Water implemented a water valve exercising program in 2018. Our distribution staff exercised 1,058 6-in valves, and 429 8-in valves using two motorized Hach Valve Exercising Machines. In the process of implementing this program, we had to invest on training our staff to use this specialized equipment. NMB Water has been documenting and updating our CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management Software) CityWorks software application.  An average of 25% of the 6” and 8” valves have been exercised in the distribution system.

Hydrant Maintenance/Inspection Program - NMB Water implemented a hydrant maintenance program in 2018. Staff is in the process of providing over ten inspections of various parts of each of the 3000 water hydrants located in the NMB Water system. NMB Water has been documenting and updating our CMMS CityWorks software application.

Donation Project Documentation and CMMS – NMB Water has migrated their donation projects documentation to our CMMS -CityWorks software application – As of December 2017, Utility Technical Services (UTS) staff monitors all Water and Sewer applications using our CMMS software application. This software program allows staff to keep all the water and sewer applications, photographs, video files and correspondence in one logical, easy to use system. Any staff member can retrieve and review the status of any active project by using the application number, contractor’s name, project name, address, Folio number, or several other filters. This assists staff with a speedy retrieval of the customer’s information.

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