Water’s Next 2015 Finalists announced last week
WaterTrax is honoured to have been shortlisted for the Water’s Next 2015 Award as an emerging technology in Water Resources, specifically for the new report tool for reporting data to the British Columbia Ministry of Environment. Championed by the City of Kelowna, WaterTrax built this tool to help utilities in BC to generate a report template for easy upload to the Ministry’s database.
Working with the City of Kelowna and the Ministry of Environment (MOE), WaterTrax developed an electronic reporting tool that leverages the internet to reduce the amount of time that utilities spend generating their EMS reports. Previously, these reports would have been produced manually by pulling data from spreadsheets or lab report and submitting them by email or hard copy to an MOE regional office. The data from these reports would then be entered into the EMS database by MOE staff. This process was not only time consuming to collect, review and verify the data, but also entering the information into the EMS database one item at a time could potentially lead to errors.
With a one-time set-up of the electronic EMS reporting tool in WaterTrax, users are able to configure, assign, and save EMS specific parameter attributes to automate the output of required information. Users can then save templates allowing them to quickly run and generate their EMS report as required. The templates are automatically up to date with all data that has been entered into WaterTrax and can be run in seconds with a click of the mouse. This output has been designed to be fully compliant with the EMS specifications, and can quickly be uploaded through the EMS electronic data transfer mechanism.
Electronic report formats, such as the EMS, Net-DMR, and CIWQS report are very important in our industry and WaterTrax is trying to stay on top of the game by creating region specific reports where our clients need them.
WaterTrax is honoured to be considered for this award and to be included in a list of energized leaders, innovative technologies, quality research, and unique solutions for water challenges.
This award category is awarded to Canadians who are developing efficient technology to help manage water resources. The Water’s Next selection committee, a group of 16 Canadian water experts from varied disciplines, will carefully review each nomination and choose the winners. Winners will be announced at the Water’s Next Award gala following the Canadian Water Summit in Vancouver on June 25, 2015. To see a list of other finalists, please visit the Water’s Next 2015 website.