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BY LYANN OKADA, DAN MAHAR AND KEITH CROTEAU Enterprise GIS Monitoring Helps Honolulu Provide 'Water for Life' Hawaiian Islands' earliest inhabitants and describes the enormous responsibility of BWS as stewards of the islands' freshwater supplies. Despite being surrounded by thousands of miles of K salt water in every direction, the citizens of Oahu have access to an extremely dependable and high-quality supply of fresh water. In fact, Oahu residents have thrived because of their unique cultural perspective for water as well as the wise management and distribu- tion of water resources. Isolation tools provided by the BWS mobile GIS allow field crews to quickly identify out-of-service customers and hydrants. 14 GEO W ORLD / AUGUST 2O11 Mission-Critical GIS The BWS was an early adopter of GIS and has success- fully integrated location-based tools and techniques into every aspect of its business. Desktop, mobile and Web-based deployments support more than 500 staff on a daily basis. The GIS is seamlessly integrated into core busi- ness systems, including work and asset management, a Wai Ola, "Water for Life," is more than a slogan for the Honolulu Board of Water Supply (BWS). It represents the heritage of the Infrastructure Management

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