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5 December 2016

California city secures funding for water management pilot

The City of Solana Beach in San Diego secured funding from the San Diego Foundation to implement a water efficiency pilot project.

In a press statement, the San Diego Foundation said it will provide $80,000 to help the city of Solana Beach to implement a water efficiency project to test how technology can be used to help consumers monitor their water consumption in real-time.

The city will partner with water management solutions provider HydroSmart Technologies and the Cleantech San Diego for the implementation of the water efficiency project.

CleanTech San Diego is a non-profit consortium of businesses, universities and government agencies established to promote the use of Internet of Things technologies to create a sustainable economy in the San Diego region.

The organisation fosters collaborations across the private, government and academic sectors and encourages investments on smart city projects.

Under the water efficiency project, HydroSmart Technologies will deploy its smart water solution, Smart Monitoring System, which will provide real-time monitoring and management of the city’s water distribution network.

The smart water solution is designed to identify water leaks and remotely order sensors in the distribution line to shut off water even before notifying city officials.

The technology will be integrated with firm's SenseOps' IoT gateway to allow consumers to access their usage data in real-time using mobile applications and devices.

The project is expected to help consumers to improve their water management and reduce their water bills. [California city proceeds with smart water meter installation].

The pilot falls under the city’s efforts to deploy smart city technologies to improve the quality of life for its residents and enhance management of its resources including water and energy.

Dan King, assistant manager at the City of Solana Beach, said: "This public-private partnership will support the development of Solana Beach's climate action plan by way of demonstrating measurable water conservation savings and quantitative validation of water conservation programs' effectiveness."

Water efficiency project funding

Meanwhile, the City of Big Bear Lake in California secured two grants from the US Department of Interior and Agriculture to upgrade its water distribution system.

The city's Department of Water (DWP) said it will use a $300,000 grant from the Department of Interior to fund its on-going AMR meter deployment project.

The second grant is an additional $300,000, which  DWP will use to replace a 4,000-foot section of aging and leak prone main with a PVC pipeline.

The city kickstarted its advanced meter reading (AMR) project in 2014, to replace existing analog water meters with new radio-read water meters.

The introduction of the AMR meters in the city’s water distribution network has allowed DWP to record significant benefits including accuracy in billing and reductions in water leakages.

DWP reported that it used the new AMR system to identify over 400 customer leaks in the first six months of 2016.

The new meters provide DWP with actual data on how and when consumers use water thereby reducing customer churn. Read more...

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