New technology provides SMART software to improve regulatory reporting.
LAS VEGAS – Every day more than 150,000 public water systems throughout the country treat and deliver high-quality water to homes and businesses while complying with rigors permitting and regulatory standards. Maintaining compliance with permitting requirements and compliance standards can be a laborious and time-intensive process with little room for error. To improve efficiencies in monitoring and tracking its permitting and compliance data, the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), working in cooperation with WaterStart, is piloting advanced technology from software provider Klir (pronounced “clear”).
“Providing Las Vegas with safe and reliable water is a core part of our local economy and critical to it thriving,” said SNWA Deputy General Manager David Johnson. “To do this we need the best-in-class technology and WaterStart enables us to find those innovations. With a core mission of consumer confidence, WaterStart helped us source Klir, which was the perfect fit to enable our long-term strategic objectives.”
Klir is a web-based portal that manages an organization’s permits at municipal, county, state and federal levels. The database displays a table of various permits with such information as permit type, employees responsible for each permit, renewal dates, compliance information and more. The data can then be sorted with various filters by department or by permit type and can be managed and viewed by multiple users.
The SNWA, along with its member agency the Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD), are responsible for managing more than 3,000 different types of permits for environmental compliance, infrastructure maintenance, construction activities, groundwater pumping, and water treatment and delivery. Klir’s use-friendly interface enables critical permitting and regulatory compliance data to be tracked and managed more efficiently.
The Klir technology was initially pilot tested utilizing the LVVWD’s permitting data, and the system is now being deployed and incorporated into the organizations’ daily operations. With positive results from the first pilot, SNWA has initiated a follow-up pilot project to assess the application of Klir’s platform for water quality monitoring and compliance in accordance with state requirements and the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. The pilot program is expected to reach completion later this year.
“We are excited to implement Klir’s unique and innovative technology,” Johnson said. “The Klir team are experts in the water sector and know exactly what is needed to help utilities manage this process.”
“Working internationally with world class water providers, we know the industry is at an inflection point,” said Klir CEO David Lynch. “Smart water is now the standard but software to manage the myriad of systems is completely absent and we have been relying on software from other industries to plug the gap. It was overdue that a group of highly specialized and dedicated water technologists built a product for end to end water management, simply, easily and affordably.”
WaterStart is a cluster of global leaders in the implementation of water innovation. Based in Las Vegas, WaterStart leverages the strategic resources and expertise of its network to evaluate and demonstrate the performance of water innovation. As a channel for innovation, WaterStart accelerates the rate of adoption of new solutions to real challenges facing water management agencies and large consumers. For more information, visit www.waterstart.com.
The Klir platform is a suite of cloud-based compliance software solutions that offer an easier and more effective way to manage regulatory compliance data so that water utilities can better quantify and mitigate true risks to the environment and human health. And ultimately make water safer, quicker. How? Klir captures all regulatory and compliance data together into one platform – a single source of truth that provides accurate data across the entire organisation, which end-users can trust and act on. Learn more at klir.io.
The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) is a regional entity that manages water conservation, water quality and water resource issues for Southern Nevada. Its members include: the Big Bend Water District (Laughlin); the cities of Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas and North Las Vegas; the Clark County Water Reclamation District; and the Las Vegas Valley Water District.