Energy Savings Performance Contract Smart Water Meter System
Project Description - Phase I and II
Agua SUD selected Performance Services to replace and modernize its commercial and residential water meters. The self-funding project, referred to as an Advance Metering Infrastructure (AMI) “smart” water meter project, is the largest deployment to date in the Rio Grande Valley to utilize Advanced Metering Infrastructure technologies. The project also complies with a new, first-ever ultrasonic and electromagnetic water meter standard, ANSI/AWWA C715-18, issued by the American Water Works Association.
Replacing old and outdated water meters with new smart meters ensures that Agua SUD can accurately track water usage and reduce manual work processes. The need to manually read water meters is no longer necessary. Water usage is tracked and reported instantaneously in real-time, almost eliminating a process that currently takes weeks to complete. In addition to the expedited meter reading capabilities, the utility is now able to monitor water usage in real-time which provides customers with more proactive service. In the case of water system leaks or excessive water consumption, customers can identify issues sooner such that quick action can be taken to correct problems.
The accuracy of the new meters relies on magnetic technology that uses solid-state technology in a compact, totally encapsulated, weatherproof housing which is suitable for both residential and commercial applications. Electronic metering provides information, such as the gallons/minute of water flow, reverse flow indication, and other operating data not typically available from traditional mechanical meters and registers. Electronic metering eliminates measurement errors due to sand, suspended particles and pressure fluctuations that can occur in older meters.
This project will utilize Sensus, a leading provider of utility infrastructure systems and metering product technologies. Performance Services will also implement Sensus FlexNet AMI, which utilizes a powerful, long-range radio system to transmit water data. The communication network technology connects water meters with powerful analytics to a secure, uninterrupted network, giving Agua SUD the tools needed to optimize their processes and provide proactive customer service. Additionally, an online portal allows customers to view, manage, and track their water usage.
PHASE I PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS:
- Accurate water flow measurements
- No moving parts on residential and small commercial meters
- Reduced maintenance costs
- Up to 20-year accuracy warranty depending on meter size
- More accurate customer billing
- Customer access to an online, transparent view of current water usage
PHASE II PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS:
- Solar PV 275 kW
- High efficiency LED lighting
- An additional 1,194 water meters
Replacing mechanical water meters with automated, digital meters is vital for bringing communities into the 21st century and becoming Smart Cities, at least in terms of critical water management.