The village of Old Westbury in New York has kickstarted its advanced metering infrastructure pilot programme.Under the pilot, the village’s water division is investing approximately $10,000 towards the installation of smart water meters and related communications infrastructure.
The pilot includes some 25 smart water meters installed to test how the technology can help the utility division optimise its operations.
Commenting on the development, Tom O’Connor, water superintendent at the village, said: “By having these meters installed, homeowners can learn how to conserve water and save money on their water bills.”
The programme will enable consumers to access their water consumption data near real time via an online portal using mobile devices. The smart meter system is said to be 98% accurate in measuring consumer water consumption.
The smart water meters are expected to help the village improve its revenue collection by accurately billing its consumers on a monthly basis.
Currently, the village bills its customers on an estimated basis. Meter readers visit consumer homes to access meter data twice a year.
An advanced metering infrastructure is expected to help the village reduce non-revenue expenses associated with leaks through quick identification of leaking water distribution pipes.
The results of the pilot will determine how Old Westbury will deploy smart water meters to all its 1,300 consumers.
Smart water meter installation
Meanwhile, the city of Maryville in Missouri nears completion of smart water meter installation programme with only 90 traditional analogue water meters remaining in its water distribution system.
According to a local publication, the city anticipates completing its smart water meters programme within the next two months.
In total, the city of Maryville provides water services to some 4,200 consumers.
The city is replacing analogue meters with the new smart meters to accurately bill its consumers and reduce costs and human error associated with manual meter reading.
According to C.E Goodall, director of public works at Maryville city said the division was investing more than $17,000 per annum for a single technician to read consumer water meters.
The project falls under efforts by the city to modernise its water infrastructure whom a majority of the analogue meters were installed 20 years ago.
The project is being deployed under an energy savings performance contract signed in 2016 by the city in partnership with Schneider Electric.
The project includes the installation of sensors within the city’s water distribution network, the public works department can use to monitor in real time the performance of grid assets to reduce costs incurred due to leaks. [Georgian Water and Power pilots smart water meters].
The project is expected to result in water savings of up to $7.8 million over a period of 15 years.
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