Water directive pushes Yorkshire Water to expand core IT system


Water directive pushes Yorkshire Water to expand core IT system

Arif Mohamed

Yorkshire Water is planning to expand its core water management IT system in support of the Water Framework Directive, an industry requirement to create a single system for water flow (fluvial) data, asset performance, and biological and chemical maps.

Yorkshire Water has contracted Innogistic, a specialist in this area, to extend the current geographic information systems (GIS) IT system OpenWings, which it previously implemented and tailored for Yorkshire Water.

The system is currently used by over 2,000 Yorkshire Water staff, including 600 mobile rugged notebook users, and is linked into key IT systems.

Elizabeth Oldroyd, environmental analyst at Yorkshire Water, said, “We are identifying more and more opportunities where GIS can help us deliver better value for our customers and the environment.

“The aim of this Water Framework Directive work is to create a single system, which integrates fluvial data with asset performance, and other biological and chemical maps. The tool will help us minimise the environmental impact of our work, and help us target further investment where the environmental benefits exceed the costs”.

As a regulated provider of water supply and sewage services, Yorkshire Water deals with the whole process of water management, from abstraction, treatment and supply to waste water collection and treatment.

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