The $1 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure bill includes billions of dollars of funding for lead service line replacement. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to upgrade aging infrastructure. Crain’s Detroit Business published a story about how BlueConduit allows water systems to answer two critical questions when it comes to applying for funding and replacing their lead service lines: “how many homes have a lead service line?” and “which homes have a lead service line?”
The company’s data collection and machine learning technology used in Flint, as well as now in Detroit and many other cities, are generating significant cost-savings for municipal governments as officials no longer have to dig at each house to check if there’s a lead line in place.
“Technology like BlueConduit allows us to speed up the design process because we have this artificial intelligence and data modeling to design our upgrades,” Bryan Peckinpaugh, the public affairs director for the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, said. “It allows us to speed up our design because it takes about two to three years from identifying where we’re going to replace water mains and lead service lines to actually start digging, based on design and contracting.”