The Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) in Southern California is set to increase the pace of its smart meter installation project, with 5,000 AMI units monthly.In a statement, EMWD said it will replace some 5,000 existing analogue meters with digital models under the smart water meter installation programme monthly.
Previously, the utility district installed some 1,000 smart meter units for water consumers per month.
The increase in the number of smart water meters to be installed by EMWD will help the utility to meet its goal of completing the advanced metering infrastructure project by the summer of 2019.
Since the launch of the smart water meter installation programme early this year, some 12,000 consumers have been equipped with the new digital water metering technology.
The installation of the two way communicating water meters are allowing consumers to access their water usage data in real-time via an online portal, a development which helps consumers identify water efficiency potentials.
The utility says the initiative has so far helped both EMWD and its customers with smart meters to reduce water leaks by 95%.
Using the online customer portal, consumers have an option to set daily, weekly or monthly water efficiency targets and receive notifications via an email or text message when their usage is continuous for a period of 72 hours.
The smart meters will help EMWD reduce operational costs incurred through the manual meter reading process in which crews drive by neighborhoods to collect consumer water usage data. The development will help the water distributor to reduce its carbon footprint resulting from driving nearly 170,000 miles per year to read meters.
Smart water meter installation
The development follows the release of a study conducted by ABI Research forecasting smart water meter connections to rise, while smart electricity meters installations slow.
According to the study, water utilities will account for the bulk of smart meter connections in the next 4-5 years, forecast to reach 1.2 billion in 2022.
North America accounted for the largest number of smart water meter installations in 2016, however, Europe is expected to marginally surpass North America's connection growth and hold the largest ‘install base’ by 2018. Read more...
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