In our last last post, we agreed that water quality, water loss and emergency response were three essential priorities for water districts, and covered the way IOT can address the first one. Now, let’s look at Smart City / Agency technology’s potential impact on the other two.
IOT devices are emerging right now that can be deployed at various locations in your system to help locate points of non-revenue water loss—if your system is equipped with a communications network that can accommodate IoT devices. Leaks do happen, and sometimes you don’t discover such leaks for months—or even years—in traditional system infrastructure, even when production and consumption numbers don’t align. Fortunately, technology for locating points of water loss in a distribution system is under development, and is showing promise to be available sooner rather than later.
There already is a way to quickly detect critical water loss that occurs on the consumer side of the meter. Unintended water loss can contribute to waste, property damage, high bills, and become a barrier to meeting strategic conservation goals. These losses can be mitigated almost immediately through the use of the Subeca AMioT™ System.
In this system, there is constant data monitoring and communication back to the consumer and the agency through the Engage™ dashboard and app. This 24/7 communication happens via Smart City/Agency initiatives, such as running digital meters on a non-proprietary LoRa network. When the system indicates an anomaly in flow volume or duration, it triggers an alert so action can be taken immediately, versus learning about the issue at the next billing cycle, which could be a month away.
Just like that, consumers can save precious dollars on utility bills, possibly avoid costly property damage from leaks and reduce water waste. At the same time, utilities are able to meet conservation goals.
Clearly, by incorporating a Genius Water Management system that includes advanced metering infrastructure, and software to keep customers and purveyors in the loop of what’s happening at all times in their systems, all parties can benefit from the immediate:
- identification of the severity of the leak and its location
- tripping of an automatic shut-off valve (if your system offers one)
- triggering of an automatic deployment order for technicians (if needed)
- potentially heading off of private property damage and the resulting claims, costs and service disruption water leaks might cause
Help your customers help themselves to prevent expensive water leaks and possible property damage costs, and be a partner in your agency’s conservation initiatives by making advanced metering technology—running on a non-proprietary and scalable network—available. It really is a no-brainer to see that Smart City technology is the future for smart water agencies.