Resource Optimization

Defensible decision-making relies on robust platforms with high data throughput and calculation capacity. The energy-water nexus makes optimal operations are more critical than ever.

According to the USGS, production of electrical power results in one of the largest uses of water in the U.S. and worldwide. In turn, the U.S. Congressional Research Service reports on the significant use of energy for water extraction, conveyance, and treatment:

Energy consumption by public drinking water and wastewater utilities, primarily owned and operated by local governments, can represent 30-40 percent of a municipality’s energy bill.

At drinking water plants alone, operating pumps accounts for the largest energy use -- approximately 80 percent.

Energy is the highest budget item second to labor. Barriers to improved operational efficiency include capital costs, reluctance to implement new technologies or manage data of water and energy together -- not separately. Utilities are exploring how to offset high electrical costs by saving water, and vice versa.

Private and municipal utilities cannot afford to maintain status quo. However changes to achieve potential new advantages incur risk.

Uncovering operational intelligence with KISTERS' data analytics platforms equips decision-influencers and decision-makers with insights that minimize risk and support the most beneficial change. This deterministic modeling approach empowers managers to consider all possible solutions and make the most informed decisions.