French water syndicate Syndicat des Eaux de Basse-Vigneulles et Faulquemont (SEBVF) is to deploy 8,000 Sensus iPERL smart meters in the Faulquemont area in northeastern France over the next four years.
The rollout will increase meter readings from 400 per day to 2,000, giving more visibility on usage and network conditions to consumers and utilities, including more rapid detection of leakages.
SEBVF has eight deep underground bore-holes and supplies 84 municipalities, with a combined population of 41,500 people. It wanted to move to a new technology to overcome difficulties in reading hard-to-reach meters, whilst reducing the time needed to take meter readings. The renewal of its meter fleet to comply with new regulatory requirements, which requires a meter exchange every 15 years without calibration and to inform the end-users of their potential overconsumption, presented the ideal opportunity to consider a new technology.
“With the old technology, any wall or obstacle hampered meter readings; however, with iPERL readings are no longer a problem, even for very low flows,” said Pierre Blanchard, president of the SEBVF. “Now when we would optimize our drive-by route, we’ll be able to read up to 3,000 endpoints per day with iPERL.”
The project is expected to contribute to the development of smart water networks in France.
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