What is the smart water meter?
Smart water meters enable Intelligent conservation and reduced costs. They use “real time” usage data to measure water consumption and eliminate manual tasks which may be in place to monitor this.
Typically, they send real time data every hour to a specific software platform, this regular flow of information allows companies to accurately monitor the amount of water used in the facility and identifies at an early stage if there are any leak present in the system.
With the limited amount of water we have, water meters can help achieve significant savings in water, energy, efficiency and cost.
Benefits of smart metering
Smart metering has many benefits including leak detection and reduced water consumption – central to addressing water scarcity issues and reduced carbon emissions.
By analyzing the data, problem areas can be identified, priorities assigned to making improvement measures and an efficiency development strategy drawn up.
One of the main benefits of metering is its ability to provide details about water flow. Portable or check metering flow meters can be setup to measure the water flow at any part of a system and used to evaluate a facility’s total throughput.
Water metering also reduces overall costs, reduced consumption means lower operational & meter reading costs as well as energy costs.
While these are main benefits of smart metering, it can help with:
- Health and safety improvements
- Backflow detection
- Integration with other smart technologies
- Innovation in tariff strategies
- Improved bad debt management
Water management is the key
In past years, there has been an increased focus on minimizing these losses – and significant effort has gone into improving the management of the water supply. Although utilities obviously play an important role in doing this, it usually goes beyond their sole responsibility.
Monitoring and planning overall resources is generally managed by agencies that cover entire towns, communities or even individual states in cooperation with the relevant stakeholders – including the water utilities. In the near future, this will most likely lead to greater expectations and increasingly stringent legislation aimed at increasing the efficient use of water and energy and environmental protection as a whole.