The rural water district, Highway 71 Water District No. 1, is located between the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas and serves 2,500 customers, scattered
across 175 miles (281km) of distribution lines throughout the countryside.
According to WaterWorld, the water district is facing several challenges associated with a large service area and the distance between meters, that have made it difficult to detect leaks, resulting in high water loss.
The water district partnered up with its local metering distributor, Henard Utility Products, to identify potential solutions: “The team at Highway 71 had tried
several leak detection solutions in the past. When we introduced Badger Meter’s BEACON Advanced Metering Analytics (AMA) managed solution, they found the system that met their needs,” said Mike Henard, owner of Henard Utility Products.
“Highway 71 was already familiar with Badger Meter, having used the company’s drive-by automatic meter reading technology, ORION Classic (CE), for nearly 10 years. So, the utility knew Badger Meter would offer reliable and accurate water meters and meter reading systems.”
Badger advanced metering analytics solution
BEACON AMA is a cloud-based software analytics platform that provides utilities with real-time, actionable data to monitor and manage their water systems. Its
cellular network technology, ORION Cellular, was ideally suited for most of the Highway 71 installations.
WaterWorld explains that because BEACON AMA is also compatible with fixed network and drive-by meter reading systems, it provided flexibility in deployment for those areas of the district that did not receive strong cellular signals. By implementing the BEACON AMA solution, Highway 71 employees were able to monitor meters from the office to identify areas with leaks, saving considerable time and money in obtaining meter readings across the large rural countryside.
Along with the decision to implement BEACON AMA to help identify leaks in its system, water district leaders also needed an effective way to further isolate the
location of the leaks so they could be fixed quickly to reduce water loss.
The district decided to to implement a zoning, or district metering, solution. “By breaking down the system into ten zones, we were able to isolate exactly where leaks were occurring,” said Jesse McChristian, Jr., manager of Highway 71. “When we combined the data-monitoring capabilities of BEACON AMA with our zoning strategy, we located leaks in just a few hours compared to the two or three days it had taken us in the past.”