Atlanta, GA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — June 11, 2013 – From its Atlanta office, Danish metering company Kamstrup is busy building up a local staff of sales consultants and technical supporters in order to serve the market with its latest technology water meters and metering systems.
Kamstrup expects to be offering service and support with nationwide coverage within the next few months.
“We have a clear mission here – natural water shortage and leaks in the distribution system are ubiquitous and immediate problems that need to be addressed with consequence,” commented country manager Jarmo Jake Heikkinen. “Our intelligent water metering systems are performing leakage detection and securing revenue for water utilities worldwide. And as we see many of the same problems in the U.S.A. with aging distribution systems and water shortage, we believe that we have the right product to the right time.”
According to work by the American Water Works Association (AWWA), it is estimated that there are close to 237,600 breaks per year in the U.S. leading to approximately $2.8 billion lost in yearly revenue.
Metering of water consumption is the starting point for water conservation. In order to reduce what obviously seems to be an unacceptable waste of water and to strengthen the focus on consumption, the deployment of intelligent water meters is an indispensable measure.
The heart of Kamstrup’s smart water meters is the ultrasonic measuring method combined with digital data processing. Ultrasonic measuring secures high accuracy throughout a long product life due to the fact that the ultrasonic meter is without movable parts in the pipe.
With digital processing all unusual events like burst and tamper attempts will be logged together with consumption data for 460 days giving operation managers and consumers a strong basis for trouble-shooting and decision-making.
In several cases water utilities have been able to register leakages already at the very first meter reading control. The leakages were caused by running toilets, dripping water taps and burst pipes. Early detection not only prevented waste of water but also damages on property and costly repairs.