Wednesday 11:30 AM
Room: Emerald

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Distribution System Renewal: An Asset Management Approach for Valve and Hydrant Operability Improvement in Kansas City, Kansas

The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) water distribution system infrastructure was aging and becoming less reliable. A noticeable reduction in system performance began to show up as higher operating and capital costs, an increase in risks and a decline in the ability to meet customer's expectations. BPU's water system managers determined that the continuing decline in distribution system performance was no longer acceptable, and that the risks and costs would continue to increase over time. Faced with these challenges, BPU initiated an asset renewal program that leverages proven asset management strategies in order to increase system efficiency, mitigate risks and improve operational intelligence.



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.