Smart water network: Badger Meter cuts leaks in California, Sensus sells FlexNet to Oregan

University of California Merced uses Badger Meter water tech
The University of California Merced is in the Central Valley, one of the driest areas of California

In the US, the University of California Merced has cut water consumption by 23% following the implementation of a smart water network.

Flow measurement manufacturer Badger Meter supplied BEACON advanced metering analytics as a managed solution in 2011 in a bid to bring the university in line with new campus compliance standards regulating one of the driest regions of California.

Data from the trial showed the campus dormitories reduced water consumption by 14% saving 300,000 litres (79,000 gallons) of water. The campus also saved 5.2 million litres (1.4 million gallons) of water from 16 water leaks detected by the near real-time data.

During the program’s lifetime, Badger Meter estimated that the advanced metering analytics system detected several leaks, including five toilets losing a total of 560 litres (150 gallons) per hour – saving the university an estimated 3.7 million litres (one million gallons) per year.

Commenting on the deployment, Emron Quarqat, water operations crew leader at UC Merced, said: “BEACON’s automated data collection and online software has significantly reduced the time and resources needed to ensure and document our new compliance standards.

“The whole campus has its eyes on water conservation and we now know where our water is going.”

Sensus leak detection technology

Meanwhile, Oregon’s largest customer-owned utility Eugene Water & Electric Board has selected Sensus metering communication technologies for its more than 154,000 water and electric customers.

Sensus will supply a long-range radio solution that includes FlexNet communication network and Software as a Service (SaaS) in an attempt by the municipal utility to improve customer service through leak detection and outage management.

The utility’s two-year upgrade will begin with remote monitoring, outage management, real-time consumption monitoring and leak detection.

During phase two, the Eugene Water & Electric Board will deploy prepaid metering.