Need to map your system, but don't know how? North Carolina Rural Water Association can help. We’ll show you how to use a Geographic Information System (GIS) along with a Global Positioning System (GPS) to locate all your assets so that you can better manage it all. If you don’t have the necessary equipment, it is ok. We have everything you need to get started so you don’t have to make a large investment in the GIS/GPS software. For example, you can collect information for water lines, such as the size of the line, material, date installed and the contractor name. Similar information can be collected for meters, valves, hydrants, pressure reducers, etc. All this information is then stored in a database system and is used to produce an accurate snapshot of your system. Utility managers can use this information to make informed decisions for operational and financial planning. GIS/GPS is a powerful tool. To learn more about affordable options for developing a program, contact the Interim Technical Assistance Division Manager, Alicia Melton.