Data from this system will offer customers a “never-before-seen” look at their water consumption
Gwinnett County in the US state of Georgia is undertaking a pilot study to improve management of its water resources using smart meters.
The county’s Department of Water Resources is collaborating with telecommunications service providers Qualcomm Intelligent Solutions and AT&T as well as professional services firm CH2M to help reduce water loss and deliver savings in energy and cost.
This will be AT&T’s largest pilot of its type using new ultrasonic meters connected to AT&T’s LTE network.
During the trial, smart meters will be installed and the data analysed with the goal of identifying opportunities to reduce the cost of water delivery and distribution, improve management of water resources, improve system operations, and save money for customers.
Qualcomm Technologies’ power-efficient modems will be used in solutions such as smart water meters to produce data to be used in the development of software algorithms. While this project is set for a pilot area, it can be expanded to the entire Gwinnett County water distribution system.
Gwinnett County’s water utility serves a population of nearly 900,000 people through over 3,700 miles of distribution pipe and 250,000 service connections. While the county’s water losses are low by industry standards, tracking of water loss is vital to providing responsible stewardship of limited water resources.
“The data from this system will allow us to offer customers a never-before-seen look at their water consumption – helping them manage usage and identify home leaks or running toilets in real time. This can help the customer save money as well as conserve water,” said Rick Reagan, deputy director, business services, Gwinnett County.
“The advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system will allow us to continue to provide superior water service at an excellent value. Leveraging the data from the smart water network, we can track water as it moves through the system. We will be able to use the information to help respond more quickly to system leaks that may occur. Eventually this data may be used to predict where and when system leaks will occur.”
“Gwinnett County has tracked the impact of non-revenue water for many years and is at the forefront of implementing new technology solutions to better manage their system,” added Ken Thompson, deputy director, CH2M Intelligent Water Solutions.
“Using cellular technologies is an innovative approach to managing non-revenue water, which has traditionally been managed through pipeline leak detection programs. Demonstrating new technologies to get real-time data in Gwinnett County’s water distribution system will provide an innovative approach for utilities worldwide to significantly reduce water loss and achieve economic and environmental benefits.”
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