US: The Steubenville city utilty staff has started mapping water, sanitary sewer and storm water utilities as part of a $79,500 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant-funded program. In addition to helping city utility staff locate valves and manholes faster when responding to emergency breaks and back-ups, the GIS program will allow them to update changes in the system and begin keeping inspection and service records.
City staff has begun locating and marking utilities. In most cases, utility locations will be logged using a GPS unit within two weeks after marking. The street-by-street location marking will next 12 to 15 months to complete.