Supply Chain Optimization for Water Utilities

Supply Chain Optimization for Water Utilities

January 12-13, 2023 | Online :: Central Time

Drinking water distributors must comply with stringent regulations to ensure communities have safe and reliable drinking water but shortages, delays, and increased costs can create detrimental inefficiencies for water utilities, municipalities, and the public.

This course will dive into general supply chain elements and provide strategies for some of the most common issues impacting the water industry such as:

  • Mapping supply chain
  • Reviewing lead time elements
  • Discussing key supply chain strategies for improving reliability lead times
  • How best to lower risk

“Outside the supply chain” elements will also be discussed, as they specifically affect water chemical usage.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review relationship cultivation best practices for vendor management and communication
  • Implement strategies for successful supply chain management like Vendor Managed Inventory, dual sourcing, S&OP meetings, Purchase Orders (POs) with receipt dates, secondary markets, and more
  • Explore and define the elements of Supply Chain for Water Utilities and Municipalities including lead times, supplier(s) management and sourcing
  • Practice using Value Stream Mapping for analysis of current state and design of future state of water utilities and municipalities
  • Discuss operations outside of the supply chain on chemical use reduction & resiliency like AMI & Ultrasonic, leak detection, water tower mixing, and water tower painting


Thursday, January 12, 2023 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Course Timing



  • Course objectives
  • Attendee introductions

Supply Chain Optimization Elements for Water Utilities and Municipalities

  • Lead times
  • Supplier(s) and sourcing
  • Materials Planner and/or Project Owner
  • Value Stream Map
  • Strategies

Supply Chain Optimization Through Value Stream Mapping

  • Analysis of current state
  • Design of future state
  • Hands-on exercise: Let’s map your organization’s value stream

Relationship Cultivation

  • Vendor management and communication best practices
  • Have you communicated your importance to their business?
    • The percentage of their business is yours
    • You have other options
    • The opportunity for growth with your company/municipality
  • Two Way Street – They do need to make a profit

Supply Chain Lead Times for Water Utilities and Municipalities

  • Lead time internally for ordering
    • Presentation for council
    • Council approval
    • RFP design
      • Issuance
      • Decision
      • RFP timelines
    • Group discussion on improvement ideas and parallel paths

Supplier(s) and Contractors


Friday, January 13, 2023 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Course Timing


Materials Planner and Order Trigger

  • Minimum and maximum
  • Project definition
  • Days-on-hand
  • Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI)
  • KanBan (systems for lean manufacturing scheduling)

Strategies for Successful Supply Chain

  • Vendor managed inventory
    • Usage
    • Inventory
    • Demand
  • Advanced Order Notice
    • RFP Design
    • Forecasting
  • Advanced purchasing and pre-buys
  • Order swapping
  • Supply order cadence
  • Dual sourcing
  • S&OP meetings
  • Purchase Orders (POs) with receipt dates
  • Secondary markets
  • JIT (just-in-time)
  • Group discussion on used and successful strategies

Outside the Supply Chain on Chemical Use Reduction & Resiliency

  • AMI & Ultrasonic: How AMI & Ultrasonic metering will help chemical consumption and chemical needs
  • Leak detection
  • Water tower mixing
  • Water tower painting


Eric Larson, Utility Solutions Manager, Badger Meter

Eric Larson is a Utility Solutions Manager with Badger Meter. He gives consultation to Badger customers to maximize the benefits of AMI metering and the use of Beacon Software. Prior to joining Badger Meter in October 2022, Eric worked as the Senior Manager of Operations for Illinois American Water. He oversaw water and wastewater operations in 12 municipalities. His operations included three bulk sale municipal contracts. Eric led the operations for Illinois American Water for 6 years. Prior to Eric joining American Water, he has held supply chain, leadership, and engineering roles in manufacturing working for fortune 500 companies including Caterpillar and Kraft-Heinz. Eric gained APICS certification in supply chain in 2013, his MBA in 2021, his chemistry undergraduate degree in 2004. He is a Class C water operator in Illinois. Eric is married and has four children.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all attendees for 7 days after the event


Supply Chain Optimization for Water Utilities

January 12-13, 2023 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 1195.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 4,780.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 8,365.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 14,340.00 (40% discount)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before December 09, 2022 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800




EUCI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program 

Participants must log in each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.  

Instructional Methods

Case Studies, Panel Discussions and PowerPoint presentations will be used in the program. 

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 12.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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Who Should Attend  

Professionals from municipal and county water utilities, including:

  • Water Superintendent
  • Water Production Superintendent
  • Director of Water
  • Utilities Manager
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Strategic Sourcing
  • Inventory Control
  • Green Logistics
  • Talent Management
  • Asset Management
  • Supplier Integration
  • Risk Management
  • Sustainability
  • Contract Management

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