System taps drinking water data
- By Matt Caterinicchia
- Aug 01, 2002
Washington Department of Health, Division of Drinking Water
As part of an effort to improve information about drinking water in Washington,
Covansys Corp. announced July 30 that it has completed the first phase of
a $3.9 million contract to implement a new system on behalf of Washington
Department of Health's Division of Drinking Water.
The new system, Sentry, is a Web-based, user-friendly application that
is designed to enhance the state's ability to track every registered drinking
water supply in Washington. It replaces an outdated mainframe system.
"The platform was old and outdated," said Clifford Smith, project manager
for Convansys. "The business functionality was just not there." According
to Smith, the implementation of the new system was to modernize the core
system "which happened to be obsolete."
The first phase of the project, completed May 31, consisted of making
an inventory of water facilities as well as capturing water samples from
drinking water suppliers.
The second phase, which is under way, will involve the processing of
the data collected in the first phase of the project. All of the information
will be stored on the new Web-based system.
The new tracking system will "help the state better monitor water data
to the [Environmental Protection Agency]," Smith said. Most of the funding
for Sentry is coming directly from the EPA, Smith added.
"The EPA needed more accurate reporting than what they were getting
with the old system," Smith said.
Sentry is expected to be fully operational by mid-2003.
This year, Covansys successfully implemented a $1.1 million hazardous
waste tracking system for California as well as announcing a $4.2 million
public retirement system for Wisconsin.