Kentucky American Water is part of a nationwide initiative to raise public awareness of the crucial existence and maintainability of water infrastructure.
This initiative is called “Imagine a Day Without Water” and hopes to put things into perspective for consumers who perhaps don’t think about the infrastructure that they don’t see.
“The good news is, we can be ahead of the curve. Deferred maintenance — waiting until a water main breaks or a system breaks down — is the most expensive repair possible. But if we continually maintain the system — upgrading our pipes and implementing smarter technology that spots weaknesses in the system before they turn into breaks — then we can save money in the long run. For Kentucky American Water, that means investing approximately $20 million annually in capital improvements while working hard to improve efficiencies so we can keep operating expenses as low as possible.
We are also joining other utilities in raising the level of discussion about water and wastewater infrastructure needs because as a nation, everyone needs to understand the cost behind operating and maintaining water infrastructure that plays such a big role in the quality of our lives. We are proud to be sponsoring an infrastructure summit in Lexington coordinated by the Kentucky League of Cities on Oct. 14 to address just this issue. Water professionals and elected leaders will attend to share ideas and gain insight on how to address water infrastructure needs in their respective communities.”
The aim is, of course, to continue to inspire people to invest in water infrastructure and to see the importance of it.
Inframanage.com observes that initiatives like “Imagine a Day Without Water” are an important part of the community communication around the ongoing issues of infrastructure management.
Something to think about as an infrastructure manager is your communication strategies internally, with your governance, and with your communities.
Do you have the right strategies in place, are they effective, and are the important issues for your network or infrastructure being discussed?
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