Attempting to control water losses within their own infrastructure is only half the battle for water treatment and distribution organizations. To maximize water conservation, they need to involve their customers as well. Here are several ways public and private water utilities can spur internal and external changes in consumption monitoring to improve valuable water-asset management.
The Aclara sewer monitoring solution leverages our industry-leading RF network to provide near real-time monitoring of manholes and other key sewer locations. Whether used for early warning of overflows, informing maintenance schedules, compliance reporting, or deeper analytics (such as capacity modeling and performance reporting) the sewer monitoring solution is easy to install, reliable, low-maintenance, and integrated into your AMI environment.
A small water district in Breckenridge, CO, was experiencing notably high water loss from November of 2015 through April of 2016. The apparent discrepancies in usage versus production led the utility to seek out the source(s) of the water loss.
In recent years, the reduction of water losses has become a burning issue within the water industry and utilities, either for financial or ecological reasons, are under increasing pressure to enhance resource efficiency. However, practitioners know that assessing and monitoring the performance of water loss reduction programs is a real challenge, and what at first may sound like a simple task, in practice turns out to be a rather complex undertaking. By Monika Konatar and Dr. Thomas Schiller
Aclara’s through-the-lid antenna lets you install Aclara Meter Transmission Units (MTUs) while retaining metal pit lids. Our flexible install options mean our MTUs will work whether you reuse current metal lids or replace them with RF-permeable ones.
United Water New Jersey (UWNJ), a subsidiary of United Water, one of the leading water and wastewater service providers in the United States, provides water services to more than 800,000 people throughout Bergen and Hudson counties and surrounding areas. By Mueller Water Products
The city of Yakima services approximately 19,000 accounts within 27 square miles in the Yakima Valley. Frequent droughts, above average water loss and inaccurate meters prompted the city to search for a vendor who could provide a turnkey solution complete with a quality product line. The selected vendor also needed to have an endpoint that could withstand the extreme conditions experienced inside their meter pits including high humidity and varying temperatures.
Find and fix leaks fast with the Aclara ZoneScan II leak-detection system. The industry’s leading, remotely correlated acoustic leak detection system cost-effectively identities small leaks before they become major problems, and will give you immediate insight into non-revenue water losses in your water distribution network.
Accurate and innovative, the LeakTuner leak-listening device locates leaks in water distribution pipelines. The range can be set to eliminate other sources of noise to discern even the quietest leaks.
Technology is on pace to reach a milestone of 26 billion devices connected through the Internet of Things (IoT) by the end of 2019. In the water industry, IoT capabilities are enabling utilities to leverage meter reading data collected via secure private cellular networks to satisfy multiple purposes — increasing its value exponentially. In this Water Talk interview, Kristie Anderson from Badger Meter discusses how advances in smart solutions, smart water, and smart city technology are delivering real-world benefits that seemed like futuristic promises just a few short years ago.
Aging infrastructure is shaping up to be an enormous burden on municipalities. The next 30 years will require a $1 trillion investment just to keep up with the replacement curve for water distribution pipes. At the same time, leak targeting and physical condition assessment of existing networks is an expensive proposition. In this Water Talk interview, Doug Hatler, chief revenue officer for Fracta, discusses the application of artificial intelligence in advanced screening solutions to bring those evaluation costs down.
Water loss is a massive problem for municipalities as distribution system leaks, metering inaccuracies, and theft combine to waste an average of 30 percent, or more, of treated product. While progress is being made on the issue — also known as non-revenue water, or NRW — there is still plenty of room for improvement. In this Water Talk interview, Jeff McCracken, a director of operations and management solutions for Itron, discusses advanced technology that digs into data to help locate both the real and apparent losses facing water managers.
As aging pipes continue to deteriorate, non-revenue water is growing into a pretty staggering challenge for the water utility industry. Many municipalities try to tackle the problem by walking the many miles of their drinking water distribution lines with leak detectors. However, an advanced solution is emerging that can pinpoint these leaks from the skies. In this Water Talk interview, James Perry, vice president of business development for Utilis Corp., discussed new technology that searches for leaks using a remote sensing device on a satellite 400 miles above the earth.
Leaking distribution lines are a significant contributor to municipal water loss, but transmission mains have the potential to leak every bit as much, and sometimes even more. These leaks can go on for years without being found. In this Water Talk interview, Mike Funk, business development manager for the East Coast for Hydromax USA, discusses an advanced inline leak detection solution available to address the water loss problem.
For many water-distribution workers and managers up to their elbows in muddy trenches and SCADA data, the drumbeat for ‘Big Data’ probably fades to background noise when dealing with immediate leaks and losses on the front lines. Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater, however. Many answers we truly want are probably accessible through current water distribution data. We just need an easier way to wring them out.
A combination of culprits has water utilities spending more than necessary for production while failing to collect all the revenue that should be flowing in. Implementing solutions to water loss in a specific order is critical for municipalities to effectively get a handle on the problem. This systematic approach addresses issues in their order of impact and return on investment with simple, low-cost measures at the start that boost revenue.
Most utilities understand they have a nonrevenue water problem, but few know how to deal with it correctly. Start by learning more about how the issue affects your utility and what options are available.
Municipalities work diligently to produce quality drinking water and meet strict wastewater treatment regulatory standards while judiciously managing expenses. Despite the efforts, many of their plants have operational weaknesses where money is quietly being lost. Advanced technologies provide an opportunity for utilities to gather actionable information and strategically offset deficiencies.
Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) has received a lot of attention in recent years, typically regarding customer account billing. Other AMI uses within water distribution networks, however, can play equally important roles in reducing non-revenue water (NRW). Consider these contributions of networked flow meter use for automating better insights into water distribution efficiency.
Electromagnetic meters (mag meters) are well established in terms of highly accurate performance for a variety of municipal and industrial water applications. Differences in their construction formats, however, dictate how easy they can be to install, maintain, and calibrate. Compare these three options to see the value of full-profile-insertion (FPI) mag meters and their associated advantages in real-world use.
When drinking water leaves a treatment plant through giant pipes, with the help of huge pumps, the pressure can exceed 200 psi. The high pressure is a necessity because water must travel a long distance in some cases. Water towers scattered throughout the distribution system aid in the process so it can reach all utility customers. The problem is that not all distribution points in a water system are created equal.
From the largest metropolitan utilities to the smallest water systems, leaks are a problem everywhere. Because it’s difficult to raise consumer prices to offset the losses, non-revenue water has a direct impact on the bottom line of municipal water systems. However, utility managers now have an opportunity to reverse the problem with advanced flow meter technology that combines multiple measurements.
This video explains how Aquis Leak Detection can reduce the amount of Non-revenue Water by reducing loss of water through existing leaks and reduce the risk of additional leaks. Furthermore energy consumption, emissions and use of chemicals are reduced and water quality is improved.
While it often starts with a leak, historically many utilities have waited until there is an evident problem or rupture to react. Today’s utilities have an option. Imagine being immediately notified about a problem in an main. The EchoShore-TX platform will call, text, or email you promptly after detecting a leak or other anomaly.
As a leading provider of acoustic-based technologies for water loss management, leak detection and pipe condition assessment, Echologics is dedicated to helping water utilities reduce water loss.
An interview with Mark Loveday, Manager, European Region and Mark Nicol, Business Development Manager - Asia Pacific.
For the Bethpage Water District on New York's Long Island, providing first class customer service is a top priority. But antiquated meters -- and the subsequent billing complaints and maintenance requirements -- had become a problem. The Badger Meter BEACON Meter Reading System became the solution.
See how Echologics acoustic leak detection and condition assessment solution helps utilities to reduce non-revenue water, improve conservation and prioritize capital spending—without breaking ground or disrupting service.
Itron, Inc., which is innovating the way utilities and cities manage energy and water, will deploy its water management system for the Department of Water and Sewage (DAE) of Americana in São Paulo, Brazil to reduce water loss and improve visibility into its water system.
A joint Primayer - Anglian Water project has seen leakage reduction of 1.4 million litres of water per day in targeted areas. Primayer’s managing director Roger Ironmonger explains how new technology and close collaboration led to the fantastic results.
Utilis Inc, North America (NA), the only provider of space-based condition assessment for leaking pipes, announced at the annual WEFTEC exhibition that they will be joining location intelligence world-leader Esri’s partner network.
Managing leakage is a critical issue for water companies in the UK & Ireland. In particular, water companies in England & Wales are being set targets to reduce leakage by at least 15% over the 2020-25 period by Ofwat and the Environment Agency.
AEGEA, one of the largest private sector sanitation companies in the Brazil, is expanding the use of TaKaDu as their Central Event Management software provider, and will deploy the solution in Aguas de Manaus.
Mining is a way of life in the City of Safford, Arizona. The Safford open-pit copper mine creates jobs and continued growth for the area.