The City of Beeville replaced all 5,192 of its existing water meters with new “smart meters” connected to a secure Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) network. This 21st-century technology provides the City and residents with more visibility into their water usage and resources. For example, one of the new system’s features will allow the City to remotely monitor potential water leaks by setting up notifications when water usage exceeds certain thresholds. The project also includes improvements to critical City infrastructure, including new LED lighting, HVAC replacements, building controls, and power conditioning.
The self-funding project creates positive cash flow from day one. The City expects to see $9.77 million in efficiency and operational savings over 20 years, making this a sound financial decision.
The project utilizes Master Meter, a global manufacturer of water meters that features a new solid-state ultrasonic meter technology. Performance Services will also work with HydroPro Solutions, Premier Partner and distributor for Master Meter. The smart meters will enable the City to reduce unaccounted water loss and to read water usage at the highest possible level of accuracy. The Master Meter Allegro AMI network is an RF communication network that will interface seamlessly with the City of Beeville’s existing water customers and utility billing system. The network will capture meter data, such as water flow, reverse flow detection, and other operating data, in real-time.
City of Beeville customers can access the My Water Advisor customer portal by Master Meter. This customer portal, which can be found on the Apple App Store or Google Play, will provide residents of Beeville with real-time visibility into their water usage. The water meter project commenced installations Summer of 2020, with completion in the Spring of 2021.
Utilizing a performance contract to finance critical improvements, the City of Beeville is also upgrading infrastructure at the wastewater treatment plant. This $14.5 million contract is expected to be complete by October 2022 and includes:
- Replacement of motor control center
- Upgrading the bar screen to remove non-organics
- New lift station
- Aeration rehab
- Clarifiers rehab
- Improvement of RAS/WAS pumps to improve flow and control
- Chlorination rehab
- New SCADA system