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Public Utility Management and Planning Services Inc. (PUMPS) was formed in July 2000. Over the past 15 years the company has dedicated itself to providing services to water, sewer and storm water utilities in the evaluation, planning and management of public utility systems. Included in the management has been financial planning, evaluations, and policy document support. Other services have included condition assessments of the utility and its infrastructure, strategic planning, capital improvement planning, State Revolving Fund financing ($120 million) and help with bidding capital items.
The President and owner of Public Utility Management and Planning Services Inc. is Frederick Bloetscher, Ph.D., P.E., LEED-AP, DWRE, who is a well-recognized expert in utility management and water resource planning. Dr. Bloetscher has 18 years of experience in local government operations, from Deputy Utility Director to City Manager. As a result he is sensitive to the “bigger picture” from which most local officials must operate. He experience as an employee and consultant to local entities has maintained that viewpoint that local officials need useful, easily implemented, easily understood solutions that have long-term benefits.
American Water Works Association members and many Rural Water Association and operator association members will recall his work. He has written a book “Basics for Decision-Makers” that outline the issues associated with operating a utility a system from the management perspective. He published frequently in local and national publications accessible to operators on water resource and utility management issues. He also has a blog that focusses a lot on utility management issues – including those tangential to daily operations.
Among those that are or have been clients of PUMPS are:
Specific utility rate work has include Dania Beach, Hallandale Beach, Davie and North Lauderdale, FL.
In most cases, efforts by PUMPS incorporate policy and management strategies that look at maintenance, efficiency and asset optimization. At the same time, condition assessment is an important part of a utility. Such assessments have been done in for the Florida Governmental Utility Authority in Collier, Brevard, Sarasota, Polk and Pinellas Counties, and for Dania Beach and Toho Water Authority.
In addition, PUMPS has researched and published on water supply sustainability issues concerning over-allocation of water supplies, use prioritization within basins, economic evaluation of water use and impact of sea level rise on water supply systems. All of these are major concerns for utilities.