Tuesday 10:00 AM
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Room: Diamond

Asset Management in the Fast Lane for Water Distribution Systems: City of Houston (Final Report)

The City of Houston's water transmission infrastructure was becoming less reliable. Aging infrastructure, coupled with tighter O&M budgets and deferred maintenance resulted in a series of large diameter water leaks and line failures. These situations became more serious when key isolation valves were found to be unreliable or worse, inoperable. This resulted in wider than necessary service interruptions and increased risk to repair crews and the public at large. Faced with these challenges, the City of Houston embarked on an aggressive and measureable program to upgrade the operability and reliability of its water system. This presentation will present the steps undertaken throughout this program by the City of Houston to create an efficient and reliable transmission system

Moderator:  Jeff Freeman


Paul Schumi - Wachs Water Services

Mr. Schumi specializes in water distribution system asset management and sustainability programs.  He has worked with numerous communities to implement valve, hydrant, meter, water loss and pipe condition assessment programs across the country, including recent projects in Corona, Phoenix, Kansas City, Houston, Fort Lauderdale and Detroit.  He is an active member of the AWWA, has presented AWWA webinars and is a published author in AWWA’s Opflow and other publications.  He is a graduate of Marquette University, worked in design and construction for over 15 years, and has been a Business Development Manager for Wachs Water Services for the past 7 years.