Trenton Water Works’ Kristin Epstein, PE, and BlueConduit’s Nya Dreyfuss talked Lead Service Line Removal (LSLR) in a recent Q&A on WaterOnline.
Epstein is the Assistant Director of Water and Sewer at Trenton Water Works. Epstein shared with Dreyfuss why and how Trenton proactively tackled the issue and progress to date.
WaterOnline: How Cities Leverage Machine Learning to Expedite Lead Service Line Removal
Here are a few highlights from the article on how an accurate Lead Service Line Inventory helps the Utility Plan:
BlueConduit is helping us determine the actual scale of LSLs remaining in our distribution system so that we can accurately plan our capital outlay, successfully secure grant funds, and effectively pace our replacement work. This data-driven approach will save TWW valuable time and money and ensure we are prioritizing the needs of citizens who are at the highest risk of lead exposure.
The LSL location maps produced by BlueConduit are not only a critical tool for building community engagement and trust, they are also an integral part of our efforts to coordinate LSL removal with other planned city infrastructure projects. For example, TWW is using BlueConduit’s LSL predictions to prioritize LSL removal in areas where road paving is being planned as a way to minimize the distribution caused by construction and save valuable time and money.
Read the full Q&A at WaterOnline
BlueConduit predictive machine learning software locates lead service lines, empowering local officials and their engineering partners with the information to efficiently remove those pipes. The company’s platform enables utilities to focus their resources on digging where the lead is, accelerating the removal of this significant health concern, and saving millions of dollars in avoided digs.
Since 2016, the BlueConduit team has worked with >50 municipalities and inventoried >1 million service lines, which serve >2 million people.
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