This week energy and water consulting company Tetra Tech announced it has acquired IT solutions provider INDUS Corporation of Vienna.Commenting on the development, Dan Batrack, CEO of Tetra Tech said: "Integrating Tetra Tech’s water management consulting experience with INDUS' spatial and water information management capabilities expands our services for key clients such as the US Environmental Protection Agency.

“With our combined expertise, we can assist customers in managing large data repositories and expand our smart water services, including analysis and real-time decision making in the water sector,” added Batrack.

The California-based company operates in various sectors including data analytics, geospatial analysis, secure infrastructure, and software applications management for US federal government customers.

Smart water meters in the US

The development comes at a time US water utilities are increasingly engaging in water AMI projects to improve their water management and revenue collection.

In March this year, US utility Orange Water and Sewerage Authority (OWASA), announced it plans to include in its budget US$6m to fund the implementation of a water meters project.

OWASA said the project will include the installation of an AMI solution including small radio transmitters on water meters.

The radio transmitter will allow OWASA to perform remote and accurate meter data collection.

Todd Taylor, general manager of operations at OWASA said: “[the system] … eliminates the need for someone to drive or walk the community to collect this information monthly, as we do now” to about two-thirds of the over 21,000 meters in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

Taylor added:  “Our staff would have access to these hourly reads and be able to proactively let customers know when water use patterns change.”

Implementation of the water meters project, which is set to be approved by OWASA board of directors in a hearing scheduled for 24 March, will allow consumers to access their water usage online as well as information on how to use water sustainably.

The news followed late January's announcement by US smart water tech provider Electro Scan, that its solution has been included in the University of California's waste water collection manual.