US utility partners to boost management of water distribution

New Jersey American Water partnered with smart water solutions firm, Echologics, to improve management of its water distribution system.

In a press statement, New Jersey American Water said it deployed Echologics’ smart water solution, EchoShore-DX, to reduce its non-revenue water and operational costs.

The solution included some 1,000 leak detection sensors installed within the utility’s six water distribution networks in New Jersey.

The technology is helping the utility to identify leakages within its water distribution system.

For instance, New Jersey American Water made use of the solution to identify and repair more than 50 water leakage incidents within the first six months of deploying the smart water solution.

The development led to the recovery of more than 1,000gpm (gallons per minute) of water, which would have been lost to water leakages.

The solutions provider claims that its technology will help New Jersey American Water to increase the life span of its water infrastructure through improved day-to-day maintenance.

The project falls under efforts by the water utility in improving its customer services to its 2,6 million consumers.

Kevin Kirwan, vice president of operations for New Jersey American Water, said: “The large-scale implementation of Echologics’ technology has enabled us to continuously monitor for leaks in a non-invasive manner.”

Water distribution system management

The news follows the release of a report by global market intelligence firm, ReportsnReports, stating that the hardware segment has thus far dominated the global smart water management market in 2016.

According to the findings of the report, the hardware segment comprising of advanced meter reading (AMR) and automated metering infrastructure (AMI) water meters and water sensors has accounted for over 37% of the market’s overall revenue since January.

Revenue generation in the segment has been boosted by utilities efforts to enhance their management of  water distribution networks through two-way communication with their customers.

AMR and AMI meters allow utilities to implement water conservation measures to help consumers lower usage costs.

With the global water demand expected to rise by 35%, the growing demand of potable water and utilities efforts to address inadequate supply of water will play a significant role towards the growth of the smart water management market.

Rising operational costs, aging water infrastructure and increased implementation of policies supporting enhanced water management will also drive the market.

The Americas region predicted to dominate the global smart water management market through to 2020. [Texas city to enhance billing system with smart water meters].

The region’s domination is mainly due to factors such as strict government stipulations for enhanced water management, the evolution of smart cities and the need to upgrade aging water infrastructure.


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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.