Reducing Risk: How Oklahoma’s Primary Municipal Insurer is Helping Utilities Prevent SSOs

Oklahoma Municipal Assurance Group (OMAG) is an interlocal co-operative insurance group serving over 500 Oklahoma cities an towns. In 2018, they started an SL-RAT loan program, which allowed member utilities to loan units at no charge. Although the program was only created two years ago, OMAG’s SL-RAT loan program has already helped 83 Oklahoma utilities acoustically inspect over 2 million linear feet. The acoustic inspection results are giving clarity to users on where to prioritize efforts.

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Acoustic Inspections Helps Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Prioritize Cleaning

Rehoboth Beach will utilize a part of a wastewater planning grant to rapidly screen 77,000 linear ft of sewer pipes using acoustic inspection technology. Results of this screening will help focus closed-circuit TV and sewer cleaning work, and is expected to take four weeks to complete.

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InfoSense Approved Vendor through the 791 Purchasing Cooperative

InfoSense, Inc. Press Release

Charlotte, NC, April 7, 2020

InfoSense, Inc., manufacturer of the Sewer Line Rapid Assessment Tool (SL-RAT), is now an approved vendor through the 791 Purchasing Cooperative. The 791 Purchasing Cooperative is a leading national purchasing cooperative, assisting thousands of participating public agency members with saving time and costs associated with completing purchasing processes. Approved vendors are examined by the purchasing cooperative to ensure best value cooperative contracts.

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InfoSense Receives EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework Certification

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Charlotte, NC, April 7, 2020

InfoSense, Inc., manufacturer of the Sewer Line Rapid Assessment Tool (SL-RAT), has been certified by the US Department of Commerce and European Union under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. Companies self-certified through the Privacy Shield framework are committing to GDPR data transfer requirements, ensuring data protection obligations for European Union customers. The framework is administered by the International Trade Administration and U.S. Department of Commerce.

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Optimizing Root Control with Acoustic Inspections- Western Virginia Water Authority

Western Virginia Water Authority is a mid-sized utility in Southwest Virginia that provides water and sewer service to ~250,000 people. In 2016, they started looking for ways to optimize the process for identifying pipes for chemical root control. To effectively manage an abundance of CCTV work orders, Western Virginia Water Authority utilized acoustic technology to screen their system for potential blockages. Over 4,500 acoustic inspections were conducted, resulting in identifying 557 with Blocked or POOR/low FAIR blockage assessments – scores of 0 to 4. Resources could be allocated to the 12% of pipes with identified need.

“The use of the SL-RAT greatly reduced the amount of time that needed to be spent televising and allowed for quick screening of the system.”

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MSW Spotlight: SL-DOG Helps Manage Data

The Sewer Line Data OrGanizer, or SL-DOG is a software specifically designed by InfoSense to help utilities manage their acoustic inspection data collected with the SL-RAT. The MSW Product Spotlight describes how the SL-DOG can facilitate data collection, management and visualization, ultimately helping to organize and understand the vast amount of data gathered while using the SL-RAT. Click button to read full product spotlight.

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SL-RAT Improving Sheridan’s Sewer Program

Sheridan’s City Utilities Director, Dan Roberts, describes how the Sewer Line Rapid Assessment Tool, or SL-RAT, has helped the city develop more targeted maintenance plans. Roberts says, “The device is really changing the game for us about how quickly we can assess sewers and then determine what is needed to actually maintain them.”

Sheridan’s previous approach consisted of a time-based maintenance program, inspecting the city’s 130 miles of pipeline at three year increments. Like most utilities, this leads to using time and resources to clean already clean pipes, and missing critical areas with blockages. By using the SL-RAT to quickly screen before deploying resources, Sheridan can have a more targeted cleaning approach.

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InfoSense BuyBoard status extended to all National Cooperative Members

InfoSense’s  BuyBoard vendor status, awarded by the National Purchasing Cooperative, is now extended to states other than Texas, effective 10/1/2019.

This allows all participating National Cooperative members to eliminate the bidding process and save time and cost associated with placing bids. BuyBoard vendors must go through the competitive procurement process and abide by competitive procurement laws to be approved.

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InfoSense Approved Buyboard Vendor through the Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (TX)

InfoSense, Inc., manufacturer of the Sewer Line Rapid Assessment Tool (SL-RAT), is now an approved BuyBoard vendor through The Local Government Purchasing Cooperative starting 10/1/2019. This allows participating member cities, counties and other local government agencies in the state of Texas to eliminate the bidding process and save time and cost associated with placing bids. BuyBoard vendors must go through the competitive procurement process and abide by competitive procurement laws to be approved.

 

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OMAG’s Users Give Feedback on SL-RAT

Since fall of 2018, OMAG (Oklahoma Municipal Assurance Group) has provided three SL-RATs for member utilities to update and develop their sanitary sewer maintenance programs. Jay Neal from the City of Durant and Matt Duke from City of Muldrow give feedback on their SL-RAT integration process.

When asked, “Did the SL-RAT meet your expectations as to its usefuleness?”:

It exceeded our expectations. As with all newer technologies, it’s easy to be reluctant to accept its usefulness. However, the SL-RAT proved up to the challenge. Once we figured out its limitations and the best time of day to put it to use, it gave us an accurate picture of our sewer infrastructure and provided the data necessary to analyze it.

– Jay Neal, City of Durant

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