Geographic Information System

A geographic information system GIS) is an organized collection of computer hardware, software, maps, and personnel designed to effectively collect, store, update, manipulate, and analyze all forms of geographically referenced information.


  • Provide an inventory with critical information for water/wastewater facilities
  • Aid in the creation of maintenance schedules for the facilities
  • Supply real time facilities map data to field workers
  • Present engineers with data for preliminary planning and for water and sewer modeling
  • Publish paper and digital water/wastewater maps
  • Scan documents and older maps for archive and more efficient research
  • Assist in accurate location of water / wastewater facilities
  • Train Utilities field crews in the use of GIS equipment and software


Utilities GIS is responsible for collecting field data for the Utilities Department and maintaining updated water/wastewater maps. It is a section of Utilities Administration dedicated to providing digital map information for all Utilities divisions.

Staff Duties

The section consists of a supervisor, a clerk, and a field collection crew (Survey Tech and Worker).

  • The field collection crew uses GPS (Global Positioning System) survey equipment to accurately locate water/wastewater facilities.
  • The clerk is responsible for inputting researched and/or collected data into databases that support the locations collected by field crew (example: water valve size, type, model, etc.).
  • The supervisor uses Esri-based GIS software to combine the field data with the databases to create digital maps that can be used for analyzing and querying data.