AMI, AMR, AND METERING SOLUTIONS AND INSIGHT FOR UTILITY MANAGERS

  • Advanced Metering Analytics System Improves Data Accuracy, Customer Service
    Advanced Metering Analytics System Improves Data Accuracy, Customer Service

    Bethpage Water District’s (New York) outdated water metering system led to customer service concerns, such as a slow response time for detecting leaks and insufficient data for billing inquiries.

  • Down-To-Earth Non-Revenue Water Strategies
    Down-To-Earth Non-Revenue Water Strategies

    Non-revenue water (NRW) and, in particular, water loss through leakage has become an increasing priority focus for water utilities around the world.  With failure rates of aging infrastructure increasing and growing water stress due to population growth and climate change, reducing the loss of essential water resources is paramount.  Leak monitoring and detection systems from Trimble Water help water utilities proactively identify and reduce NRW and water loss, prevent service outages, and prioritize infrastructure repairs. Easy-to-use wireless and mobile leak detection solutions provide clear, accurate, real-time insights into the condition of the water network beyond the treatment plant.  Paired with Trimble’s intuitive cloud-based GIS software, Trimble’s solutions make it simple for water professionals to visualize, manage, and analyze data from the field and use that knowledge to improve productivity and network performance.

  • Where’s The Fire? Industrial Uses For Fire Hydrant Meters
    Where’s The Fire? Industrial Uses For Fire Hydrant Meters

    There are many options for ensuring accurate billing of water used at established industrial customer locations. But how do municipalities or businesses keep track of water availability and use for intermittent applications or movable access points? We spoke with McCrometer, Inc.’s Marc Bennett for insight into how water utilities and industries can efficiently track and allocate water use for billing or internal accounting purposes in such ad hoc applications.

  • Modern Metering Adoption At Smaller Public Water Systems
    Modern Metering Adoption At Smaller Public Water Systems

    As with most things in life, there are those water utilities that have and those that don’t. According to the EPA, less than 3% of the 150,110 operational public water systems (PWS) in the U.S. serve more than 10,000 people. And those 4,500 systems serve 79% of the population. Not that being big means living trouble free. Many of these water authorities serve cities plagued by under investment over decades in their water systems. And yet with large rate-bases comes the means to spread the investment in modern technology across many households and water consumers.   

  • Winning Strategies For Smart Cities, Smart Water, And Water Reuse
    Winning Strategies For Smart Cities, Smart Water, And Water Reuse

    Every city facing infrastructure or operational challenges or concerns about maintaining quality of life in the face of population growth or a changing environment has benefits to gain from a unified smart-city approach. Here are some concepts for promoting understanding and acceptance among utility and government decision-makers, plus several examples of benefits already being garnered by smart cities large and small.

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AMI, AMR, AND METERING PRODUCTS

accuSTREAM™ Water Meter accuSTREAM™ Water Meter

Positive displacement water meter with Sensus® Electronic Register+™.

Sensus accuSTREAM meters consist of three basic components: maincase, measuring chamber and sealed register. Maincases (including the bottom plate) are made of composite material with externally-threaded spuds. Registers are housed in a bonnet of synthetic polymer. Measuring chambers are of Rocksyn®, a corrosion-resistant, tailored thermoplastic material formulated for long-term performance and especially suitable for aggressive water conditions. The accuSTREAM can be installed horizontally.

Mi.Node W Meter Interface Unit Mi.Node W Meter Interface Unit
The Mueller Systems Mi.Node W meter interface unit provides a direct connection to all Hersey water meters equipped with a Translator® encoder register.
Recordall® Compound Series Meters Recordall® Compound Series Meters

Recordall Compound Series Meters from Badger Meter combine two metering technologies in one innovative package. A positive displacement chamber measures low flow, while a turbine chamber records high flow. These meters are an ideal choice for facilities that experience rapid and wide fluctuations in water demand, such as hospitals, universities, residential complexes and manufacturing or processing facilities.

Mueller Systems 420 RDM: Remote Disconnect Meter Mueller Systems 420 RDM: Remote Disconnect Meter

420 RDM enables utilities to remotely manage water services through the Mi.Net® Mueller Infrastructure Network for Utilities--Mueller Systems' fixed 2-way AMI system--or from the safety of their vehicles.

Encoders Encoders

Badger Meter offers the latest innovations in high resolution encoder technology with the release of the HR-E LCD and HR-E encoders. Our high resolution encoders provide utilities with much more than just a reading. Whether you choose the 9-digit LCD or the 8-dial HR-E encoder, the high resolution encoded output provides leak detection and other critical information through the reading system to help utilities manage their water. High resolution encoders utilize the industry standard communication protocol, and do not require programming or setting adjustments during installation or wire repair. And, through a unique sealing process that eliminates gaskets, Badger Meter encoders are built to withstand harsh environments including flooded pits.

MasterLinx™ Enterprise Management Software MasterLinx™ Enterprise Management Software

Raw data from handheld field computers, drive-by AMR, fixed network, or 3G Cellular is easily made actionable under a single data management system.

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SCADA AND AUTOMATION SOLUTIONS AND INSIGHT FOR UTILITY MANAGERS

  • Automation 101: The 7 Habits Of Highly Automatable Systems
    Automation 101: The 7 Habits Of Highly Automatable Systems

    When we automate, we are really just mechanizing individual tasks, controlling that task with some form of computerization, and linking those tasks together in what is called system integration.

  • Prolagos Designs Water Distribution System Delivering Energy Savings And Revenue Gains
    Prolagos Designs Water Distribution System Delivering Energy Savings And Revenue Gains

    Prolagos, a subsidiary of Aegea Group, is responsible for providing water and sewerage services to five municipalities in Região dos Lagos, Rio de Janeiro. Prolagos manages a total water network encompassing 2,000 kilometers of distribution pipelines and accommodates for variable seasonal fluctuations ranging from 400,000 to almost 2 million inhabitants at the peak of the tourist season.

  • Raising The Bar On Scalability
    Raising The Bar On Scalability

    Automation and information systems represent a major investment for industrial businesses, both large and small. Long-term protection of that investment should be a significant consideration when selecting a partner and a system.

  • The Full SCADA Deal: The Benefits Of Adopting A Complete SCADA System Over A Sophisticated RTU-Based Solution
    The Full SCADA Deal: The Benefits Of Adopting A Complete SCADA System Over A Sophisticated RTU-Based Solution

    For over a decade, The Bahamas Water and Sewerage Company (BWSC) faced significant service challenges on the Island of New Providence. These included a lack of centralized monitoring and control for the island’s primary water treatment and distribution system, as well as limited reporting, alarming and remote access.

  • Hidroing d.o.o. Reduces Water Loss For Croatian Water Supply Network
    Hidroing d.o.o. Reduces Water Loss For Croatian Water Supply Network

    Varkom D.D. (Varkom) brings water and wastewater utility services to 175,000 people across seven townships and 20 municipalities in Varaždin County, Croatia. The organization wanted a feasibility study completed to help better manage its assets spanning the 1,650-kilometer supply network, which included 23 water tanks and 36 pressure stations.

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SCADA AND AUTOMATION PRODUCTS

accuSTREAM™ Water Meter accuSTREAM™ Water Meter

Positive displacement water meter with Sensus® Electronic Register+™.

Sensus accuSTREAM meters consist of three basic components: maincase, measuring chamber and sealed register. Maincases (including the bottom plate) are made of composite material with externally-threaded spuds. Registers are housed in a bonnet of synthetic polymer. Measuring chambers are of Rocksyn®, a corrosion-resistant, tailored thermoplastic material formulated for long-term performance and especially suitable for aggressive water conditions. The accuSTREAM can be installed horizontally.

Wonderware System Platform Wonderware System Platform

Today, industrial companies need a more efficient and flexible way of developing, deploying and maintaining the software applications used to manage and improve operations.

VTScada SupportPlus Service VTScada SupportPlus Service

Keep Trihedral’s technical support team at your fingertips and ensure access to VTScada upgrades.

WaterCAD WaterCAD

Utilities and engineering firms around the world trust WaterCAD as a reliable decision-support tool for their infrastructure. Design new water systems and manage existing water networks effectively to reduce disruption risks and energy use.

CivilStorm - Stormwater Modeling And Analysis Software CivilStorm - Stormwater Modeling And Analysis Software

Stormwater systems can be very complex to model, with flow backups and reversals, surcharged pipes, and more.

Hydro-Guard® S.M.A.R.T. Flushing System Hydro-Guard® S.M.A.R.T. Flushing System

Hydro-Guard® S.M.A.R.T. ™ Automatic Flushing System proves itself the smart choice for saving time, money and water to maintain quality over conventional hydrant flushing. Flush automatically with precise timing and frequency to maximize results with less water used via two-way communication over secure web link or existing SCADA. Receive real-time updates and residual analysis results remotely without fielding personnel.

MasterLinx™ Enterprise Management Software MasterLinx™ Enterprise Management Software

Raw data from handheld field computers, drive-by AMR, fixed network, or 3G Cellular is easily made actionable under a single data management system.

ABB Ability™ For Water Transmission ABB Ability™ For Water Transmission

Improved water reliability and lifecycle costs through total control of a one hundred mile transfer system.

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REGULATION UPDATES FOR UTILITY MANAGERS

  • A Biological Solution To Ammonia and Other Regulated Contaminants In Groundwater
    A Biological Solution To Ammonia and Other Regulated Contaminants In Groundwater

    Ammonia is a naturally occurring compound of nitrogen and hydrogen. As a key ingredient in many fertilizers, the most common way that it infiltrates source water and causes water treatment plant (WTP) problems is as agricultural runoff. Fortunately, new biological treatments can now handle ammonia and frequently co-occurring compounds such as iron and manganese all in one process.

  • The Natural Way: Biological Treatment For Groundwater Contaminant Removal
    The Natural Way: Biological Treatment For Groundwater Contaminant Removal

    Nature has long provided guidance to simple and sustainable ways to manage environmental challenges. Biological treatment of potable water is no exception. As more water is required to support human activity worldwide, sources once considered too contaminated or expensive to treat are quickly becoming necessary options. For groundwater contaminant removal, once again, the laws of nature point the way.

  • Irrigation Consumer Bill of Rights: Smart Irrigation Starts With Smart Choices
    Irrigation Consumer Bill of Rights: Smart Irrigation Starts With Smart Choices

    As we celebrate Smart Irrigation Month, it's a great time to highlight not only smart technologies, but the smart people and smart decisions behind them. One remarkably smart tool that ties all three of those elements together is the Irrigation Consumer Bill of Rights by Dr. Charles Burt of the Irrigation Training and Research Center (ITRC) at the California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo.

  • EPA Outlines Possible Solutions To Looming Perchlorate Limits
    EPA Outlines Possible Solutions To Looming Perchlorate Limits

    The U.S. EPA is gearing up to limit perchlorate in public drinking water systems, so municipalities should start preparing to adopt the appropriate testing and treatment technologies. In a recent report, the agency identified several technologies as the best available to address the perchlorate problem.

  • EPA Claims To Support 'Clean And Safe Water,' Cuts $1.4 Billion From Water Protection
    EPA Claims To Support 'Clean And Safe Water,' Cuts $1.4 Billion From Water Protection

    Americans should feel confident that the water delivered to their homes by a public water system is safe to drink. But when residents of Martin County, Kentucky turn on their taps, the water may be discolored, smell like bleach, and make children itch after bathing.

  • Two Nations, One Water: U.S.-Mexico Experts Work Together For Water
    Two Nations, One Water: U.S.-Mexico Experts Work Together For Water

    Though the elephant in the room (Texas v. New Mexico court case) loomed large, hundreds of water researchers and experts who converged for the second annual Two Nations One Water summit in Las Cruces, NM, quickly went to work to explore water strategies for managing shared water resources amidst drought, climate uncertainties, and population growth.

  • A Fateful Decision: SCOTUS On The Scope Of Clean Water Act Jurisdiction
    A Fateful Decision: SCOTUS On The Scope Of Clean Water Act Jurisdiction

    The question of liability and oversight pertaining to the pollution of “navigable waters” via groundwater flow is on the docket for the Supreme Court — and on the minds of wastewater treatment operators.

  • 3 Ways To Reduce The Complexity Of Source Water Monitoring

    Source water monitoring is commonly viewed as a sophisticated and expensive task requiring extensive labor and high-tech equipment. Budget-minded municipal water authorities therefore tend to see it as unnecessary unless there’s a significant, imminent threat to source water quality. However, there are low-cost — in many cases, no-cost — methods to monitor source water to determine if looming issues warrant extra attention.

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UTILITY MANAGEMENT VIDEOS

  • Water Utilities:  Successes in Transforming Data Into Action
    Water Utilities: Successes in Transforming Data Into Action

    This video focuses on leading water and wastewater utilities use cases  that have embraced and leveraged  digital technologies such as smart sensors/devices, IoT, better connectivity, and software. You'll see examples from utilities that have created a data strategy and are using  real-time data that is driving smarter decisions to reduce opex and capex, increase asset life, meet environmental compliance, etc. while reducing risk.

  • The Connected Water Utility – Part 1
    The Connected Water Utility – Part 1

    This video focuses on leading water and wastewater utilities who have embraced and leveraged digital technologies such as smart sensors/devices, IoT, better connectivity, and software. You'll discover that by creating a data strategy and using real-time data your water utility will drive smarter decisions to reduce opex and capex, increase asset life, meet environmental compliance, etc. while reducing risk.

  • The Connected Water Utility – Part 2: Use Cases
    The Connected Water Utility – Part 2: Use Cases

    This video focuses on leading water and wastewater utilities use cases that have embraced and leveraged digital technologies such as smart sensors/devices, IoT, better connectivity, and software. You'll see examples from utilities that have created a data strategy and are using real-time data that is driving smarter decisions to reduce opex and capex, increase asset life, meet environmental compliance, etc. while reducing risk.

  • White House Utility District Uses ArcGIS With The PI System For Leak Detection And Remediation
    White House Utility District Uses ArcGIS With The PI System For Leak Detection And Remediation

    Carl Alexander, the GIS Director for White House Utility District describes how the utility integrated and used data from the PI System and ArcGIS to recover $900,000 in water being lost through leaks and reduced data prep time from 6 hours to ten minutes.

  • Thames Water: Using IT/OT Data To Change Behaviors To Hit KPIs
    Thames Water: Using IT/OT Data To Change Behaviors To Hit KPIs

    Thames Water focuses on extracting value from specific combinations of structured and unstructured business data together with real-time operational data provided by Thames' PI System from across more than 3000 plant and 140,000 km of water and sewerage networks.

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