City of Lava Hot Springs Switches from DOS to BMS

From D-O-S to B-M-S

We are excited to feature one of our newest clients, Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, in our small town stories this month. This is possibly one of the most unique places we have ever featured.

About Lava Hot Springs, Idaho

Lava Hot Springs, located in Bannock County, has a few things that make it unique. Besides the fact that it has 102-degree water surrounding the 455-acre town, it also claims to be an “odor-free” natural hot spring! Just imagine, soaking in warm, mineral-rich water as you take in the surrounding beauty with a deep, detoxifying breath that smells of…nothing! Wow! That is certainly unique.

The odor-free hot springs are not the only thing that makes Lava Hot Springs interesting. In fact, the history here is about as rich as the minerals in the water. Long before settlers and tourists entered the territory, the Shoshone and Bannock Indian Tribes gathered here to bathe, rest and worship the curative powers of the natural hot springs. In time, the hot springs landed themselves along some very famous trails for settlers making their way West. The numerous mountain ranges and valleys that surround the area became known as the “Gateway to the Northwest.” These corridors provided travel through Lava Hot Springs en-route to both the Oregon Trail and the California Trail.

Today, Lava Hot Springs is a year-round playground, just 11 miles east of I-15 on the way to Jackson Hole and the Grand Tetons. Due to its water roots and mountainous valleys along the Portneuf River, Lava Hot Springs has become a popular destination for soakers and outdoorsmen alike.

Visitors can dive, swim, slide, kayak and tube down Lava Hot Spring’s many waterways—both indoor and out! There’s also year-round recreation like hiking, biking, horseback riding, ATV-ing, snowshoeing, skiing, and snowmobiling.

Lava Hot Springs, The City

Lava Hot Springs isn’t just a vacation destination. It’s also a town that has to manage a variety of city duties including utilities.

When we first met with the Lava Hot Springs’ representatives, we asked how they were managing the Accounting and Utility Billing systems for the town’s 407 people, and fluctuating visitor population. While it may seem like a manageable workload to handle a town of about 125 families, you’ll better understand their challenges when we say they were doing all this using DOS programs. This meant a lot of manual typing and hand tracking of items, and that makes for a long day!

While we were super-impressed with Lava Hot Spring’s ability to keep track of all that information and reporting using DOS systems, we are thrilled that they have decided to install Black Mountain Software Utility Billing and Accounting software for their city.

We know our software can cover their needs (plus some), and help their office be more efficient for the long haul.YouTube Preview Image

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