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The value of the global smart water network market is expected to exceed US$3.3 billion by 2022, according to Navigant Research. Pic credit: US Water Alliance

Two US energy management companies have scored deals this week for their smart water network services.

Itron has secured a deal with a municipal water department in Tennessee for its smart water solution.

The City of Murfreesboro Water & Sewer Department (MWSD), which supplies water to nearly 100,000 customers, plans to use the solution to manage the delivery and use of water through automation, leak detection and analytics.

By deploying Itron’s leak detection technology, MWSD will acoustically listen to its distribution system to pinpoint leaks in a bid to better monitor distribution lines for leaks, and help reduce non-revenue water, associated costs and potential service disruptions caused by major leak events.

The solution also offers utility customers online access to their accounts and consumption information.

Darren Gore, director of Murfreesboro Water and Sewer Department, said he expects to see a "high return on investment”.

Mr Gore said: “The City of Murfreesboro looks forward to benefiting from Itron’s smart water solution, which will help us enhance customer service with early leak notification and make water management more efficient through remote, rather than manual, meter reading."

California's smart water network

California smart water network
California has implemented its first statewide mandatory water restrictions as the state is affected by drought for the fourth year running

Meanwhile, as the drought continues in the state of California, the City of San Bruno has announced it will adopt a Sensus smart water network in a bid to detect water leaks.

Sensus will supply its FlexNet communication system, together with iPERL smart water meters, software as a service and its Logic data analytics software platform.

The FlexNet system is a long-range radio network that uses licensed spectrum to create a smart water network.

The technology acquisition is another way for the municipal utility to tackle water shortages, said Jim Burch, deputy director of public works, City of San Bruno.

“Regulating water use is just one step in the process of mitigating the current drought and creating a long term solution to the water scarcity issue in California.

“What will ultimately make the difference is technology.”