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Itron partnered with UK headquartered smart water solutions firm i2O Water to help Brazilian utility SANASA improve its operations and reduce water loss.Itron will integrate i20 Water’s smart pressure management technology into SANASA’s water distribution network for remote management of utility's system.

The technology automatically adjusts water pressure within the distribution system in line with consumers water usage and flow changes.

In a combined statement, SANASA said it selected the solution to reduce non-revenue water as a result of water leakages and bursts pipes.

[quote] The solution is expected to help the utility reduce operational costs, improve customer service to its 1.1 million customers and increase the life span of network infrastructure by 20% to 40%.

The system is also expected to help SANASA decrease its energy usage on water distribution thereby reducing its carbon footprint

Lina Cabral Adani, manager of water losses at SANASA, added: “We have great expectations as we use this solution and high-tech equipment, which is designed to improve the performance of pressure management and help ensure the demands required by the population with the lowest water supply are met.”

Non-revenue water reduction efforts

During the first quarter of 2016, the US city of Mountain View announced that it received a grant which it will use to trial measures to reduce its non-revenue water.

The city said it secured a $50,000 grant from the Santa Clara County which it will use to implement a smart water meter pilot as well as fund other improvements to its local water system this year.

The city highlighted that the smart meter pilot will focus on improving its revenue collection through accurate water billing and elimination of water leakages.

The smart meter system will allow consumers to instantly check their water usage online via mobile applications to help them reduce their water usage and costs.

Jerry de la Piedra, the water district's long-term planning and conservation manager said: “The improved system should allow ratepayers and city officials to access water usage from an external website.” [US city enhances water management with Itron deal].

Under the project the city will contribute $125,000 in addition to the grant for installation of a new smart water solution including 900 smart water meters on the existing PG&E network comprising of residential and businesses metering points throughout the city.

 

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