Water Questions

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Here is a list of questions I got from another list on what to ask your water company: 1. Do you have a automated system controlling your production and distribution systems? If so then: Have you tested the SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) sytem for Y2K compliance? Did these tests include all PLC's (Programmable Logic Controllers) and the central computer that manages the distributed system? Have you tested flow meters and other electronic devices which connect to the PLC's? If you have tested these devices and found some faulty when will the repairs be made? If you have not tested these devices what the hell are you waiting for? 2. Have you inspected all your heavy equipment to see if there are Y2K problem in any of it? 3. If you have automated meter reading equipment is it compliant? 4. Are your major business applications Y2K compliant? If not the when do you anticipate having G/L, A/P, A/R, Payroll, etc. systems available that can handle dates beyond 1999 as well as dates in this century? 5. What assurances do your have from your electric suppliers that they will be able to supply sufficient power to your water distribution system - pumps, water treatment facilities, etc.? What contingency plans do you have for power outages? If you have generator backup facilities how many days of fuel do you keep on hand? 6. Have you begun to investigate the Y2K efforts of your business partners? Can you be sure that all your suppliers will be compliant? If not, have you identified alternate sources for all mission-critical materials? Do you plan to increase your normal inventory of mission critical materials as a precaution against supply chain interuptions?

-- Free Life (freedom2k@yahoo.com), July 12, 1998

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