The US county of Gwinnett in Georgia announced that it will implement a project to test the benefits of smart meters under the Global Cities Team Challenge programme.Under the smart water meter pilot project, the county’s Department of Water Resources (DWR) is partnering with telecommunication firms AT&T and QualComm and engineering company CH2M to improve management of its water resources using digital technologies.
The four parties will deploy and integrate wireless technologies and smart water meters developed by various manufacturers to reduce non-revenue water through quick identification of water leaks.
AT&T will supply its wireless communications technology, QualComm will provide some chipsets for installation in smart water meters whilst CH2M will be responsible for management of the project.
In a press statement, officials from Gwinnett county, said: “The pilot project will allow DWR to evaluate how this technology can be employed to not only provide enhanced service to customers but also allow DWR to continue being a good steward of the environment and plan for the future.”
The project is expected to help consumers improve their water efficiency through the provision of real-time water usage data.
Smart water meter pilot
In related news, the Indian Wells Valley Water District (IWVWD) launched an automated metering infrastructure pilot to understand the benefits of smart water meters.
The smart water meter pilot project is part of the utility’s efforts to reduce costs associated with manual meter reading as well as improve its accuracy in billing consumers.
Approximately 3,000 utility customers will be involved in the pilot. The smart meter pilot is expected to help customers of IWVWD improve their water efficiency by having access to hourly, daily, weekly and monthly water usage records. The decision by IWVWD to deploy the pilot is in line with recommendations set by the California state government, following an increase in the company’s technical water losses.
Don Zdeba, general manager at IWVWD, said the utility firm lost up to 6,735,740 gallons of treated water due to leaks in November 2016. [Massachusetts town approves smart meter budget].
The utility’s total water lost to leaks in November 2016 was enough to supply 40 residential households for a year.