There are many important responsibilities that water industry professionals must take on. Regulatory compliance, safety of citizens and asset management are just a few examples. Fortunately, computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) or enterprise asset management (EAM) software can be utilized to centralize data and simplify many of these processes. Read on to learn more about the role of CMMS in the water industry.

The following excerpt originally appeared on waterfm.com, and is authored by Alex Williams, DPSI Director of Sales & Professional Services.

“Public works departments within city and county governments can utilize maintenance management software in water treatment plants, water distribution, wastewater treatment plants, recycled water plants and distribution, wastewater collection and stormwater collection. The ability to access up-to-date information on any asset or facility is invaluable, especially as it relates to organizational communication. It can be challenging for departments to keep one another updated on projects, documentation, deadlines and dates. CMMS and EAM software solutions streamline this process, giving each group of users (department) the ability to effectively coordinate with others.

Modern CMMS/EAM Features

Many CMMS/EAM software providers offer users the ability to access their systems online through cloud-hosted solutions. One major advantage of cloud-based software is cost savings. On-premise software, which is installed on a company’s own servers and equipment, often comes with a hefty upfront price tag. Cloud-hosted software, which lives on the provider’s network, is typically offered as a monthly fee based on the number of users. This allows organizations to avoid high upfront costs and instead stretch their maintenance management software budget out over time. It’s also extremely convenient to access the software on any computer, as it gives employees the freedom of working outside the office.

Water utility technicians are often on the move, requiring access to up-to-date information on a variety of assets. Mobile CMMS software enables users to complete many maintenance tasks in the field and update records in real-time using their smartphones. This eliminates the need to carry clipboards, work order hard copies and other paperwork. It’s also possible to utilize barcode or QR code scanning technology on mobile devices to quickly pull up relevant information on any given asset within a CMMS. This a huge time-saver for employees, which ultimately enhances job productivity.” …