Fleet Green is a program conceived by Garland Water Utilities to promote public awareness and to demonstrate our commitment toward a cleaner environment through reducing greenhouse emissions, reducing fuel mileage, and cutting operating expenses by utilizing today’s work and fleet management solutions.
Since 2005, Garland Water Utility has supported utilization of vehicle management and monitoring solutions on its vehicle fleet. One of the utility's solutions was the development of an automated vehicle location system or AVL. The AVL system is used to manage its vehicle fleet that exceeds $3,000,000 in value and provides the utility with real time information on the location of its fleet as well as alerts when vehicles leave prescribed geographic boundaries and exceed City posted speed limits.
Why Fleet Green?
Reduce harmful greenhouse emissions
Proactive management, stays ahead of the regulatory curve
Reduce air toxic pollution and associated health impacts
Garland Water Utility leads by example
When comparing Fiscal Year 2006 to 2005 a fuel saving was reported in 62.5% of the department’s eight divisions saving 3,836 gallons or over $10,000.00.
When comparing Fiscal Year 2007 to 2006 a fuel savings was reported in 75% of the department’s eight divisions. The divisions combined to save over 7,500 gallons of fuel or over $31,000.
Considering this savings in relationship with the department’s field services delivery program of repairing, replacing water infrastructure along with cleaning, videoing and repairing sewer line and related infrastructure the utility reports an impressive dynamic of completing more work in 2007 than in the previous year while using less fuel saving the equivalent of 1.5 gallons of fuel for each completed service order.
Significant reduction in system generated daily speeding alerts saving fuel and wear and tear on vehicles while reducing greenhouse emissions.
Automated Vehicle Locator (AVL)
The AVL system (field communications terminal and crew pictured above) was implemented to address management concerns regarding work scheduling, workload balancing, employee safety, fuel costs, environmental issues and better utilization of its workforce. Until the system was implemented Water System Operators who also function as service call dispatchers had only limited knowledge of the location of field vehicles. As a result when new calls were dispatched to the field they were usually given to crews that were located several miles from the a new call and / or had several service calls already assigned to them.