WSSC Awarded Prestigious Computerworld Honor

Mobile App Allows Real-Time Data Upload That Ensures Water Quality and Safety

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel, Maryland – June 13, 2013: The Computerworld Honors Program has honored Reggie Thorpe of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) as a 2013 Laureate for "Innovation." The award recognizes his development of software that allows for the remote uploading of field data important to keeping our water safe and clean. Thorpe received the award at a black-tie event held on June 3, 2013, at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

Thorpe, a member of WSSC’s Production Team Information Support Group, developed a mobile application that allows other teams in WSSC to see the results of field data collected in near-real time. This data monitors the cleanliness of our water.

In the past, data was collected in the field on paper and had to be manually entered into the system once the samplers returned to the laboratory. This lag created a less efficient means of deciding on the amount of disinfectants needed to maintain the safety and drinkability of WSSC’s water. With this new application, usable on an iPad, Smartphone, or any Android tablet, critical field data is available for analysis and review in minutes, not hours or days.

Now in its 25th year of existence, the Computerworld Honors Program recognizes individuals and organizations that create and use information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change. Many water utilities consider gathering field data in a timely manner a challenge, making this new application a potential solution for many in the industry.

Thorpe was among 269 receiving honors in 2013, pulled from over 700 applications from 29 different countries. Others receiving this honor represent a wide array of public and private organizations, including the Office of Management and Budget, 3M, Cisco Systems, American Cancer Society and Microsoft.

For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.

 

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