3-Hour Technical Session: MON24 - SMART WATER IN ACTION will include the following topics:
Going Beyond the Meter: Applying AMI Across the Water Cycle
Chris Thomson, PE (NC & MD), Product Manager – Smart Water Cycle, Sensus, a Xylem brand
Traditionally, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) was selected by municipalities for the improvements it could make in the metering and billing processes. With AMI, utilities could eliminate systematic billing errors, significantly reduce estimated bills, and provide customers more information in a timely manner. Today, many utilities across the country are seeking additional functionality from their AMI system. This presentation will detail ways in which a traditional AMI system can be augmented to provide value to the utility from source to outfall and across their entire utility water cycle.
One Utility’s Journey from a One-Way Network to Two-Way Network
First generation advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems allowed communication in just one direction – sending data from the meters in the field back to the head end system. While this was an improvement over manual meter reading or walk-by drive-by systems, a one-way system has its limitations. For this reason, many utilities are now seeking an AMI system that is capable of two-way communication. In this session, one utility in the Southeast will describe their migration from a one-way network to a two-way network to provide additional capabilities. From remote on-demand meter reading, to remote service shutoffs, to over-the-air resolution fixes and firmware downloads, two-way AMI networks now offer a significant upgrade over their predecessors.
Under Pressure: Reducing Non-Revenue Water and Optimizing Operations
Water distribution pressure is one of the most important factors in a municipal drinking water system. Pressure impacts water availability, fire flow, customer satisfaction, and water quality if it drops the 20-psi regulatory threshold. Pressure can also exacerbate non-revenue water, as it directly correlates to real water loss in aging piping networks. Monitoring pressure is thus vital for public utilities. In this session, one Western utility will describe their experience with distributed pressure monitoring and how it has helped them locate leaks, reduce non-revenue water, maintain critical assets like pressure reducing valves (PRVs), and optimized utility operations.
Using Source Water Monitoring to Preserve a Precious Resource
Source water availability is critical for a region’s growth and sustainability. An adequate supply of treatable water affects public health, economic growth, environmental conditions, and other key factors. As populations grow and water availability becomes more important, many utilities are looking for ways to better monitor source water conditions. This presentation will describe one utility’s experience with monitoring their source water in order to preserve that precious resource.