Montreal, Canada — (METERING.COM) — January 30, 2009 – The advanced water metering and monitoring solution, Water SaveSource, has been selected for the City of Montreal’s water meter automation project.

Considered one of the largest projects in the city’s history, Water SaveSource from Itron will allow the city to accurately measure water consumption, better track and manage usage, and optimize efforts to reduce system leaks and upgrade infrastructure.

Phase one of the project entails deploying Water SaveSource to over 23,000 customers on the Island of Montreal, as well as replacing 7,000 existing meters between now and 2013. The technology will help control the flow of water by influencing consumption, and manage the delivery of water by maintaining distribution system integrity, thereby improving customer service and operations. When the project is complete, the Island of Montreal will have complete network coverage, enabling a comprehensive water management program.

The project is being carried out by Consortium Genieau, which is tasked with collecting hourly data with a 90 percent hourly read rate by 6:00 a.m. If the monthly read rate falls below 85 percent, the consortium cannot collect its monthly fee.

“For us, it was all about reliability. We needed to choose a technology that ensured we could meet necessary read rate requirements,” said Daniel Nadeau, Genieau project manager.
 
The Water SaveSource Fixed Network is based on a family of Itron technologies, including the Water SaveSource Collector, Water SaveSource Programmer and Itron Enterprise Edition Custom Analytics.