Smart Grids for Water crucial for future water utility operations

Posted: Friday 16th March 2012

Sensus has outlined the benefits a smart water network can deliver to water utilities for their operations and customers. With a wide range of challenges on the industry through population growth, droughts and operational issues including increases in electricity prices, Sensus identifies a smart water network as the answer to increasing pressure on water companies to make the best use of natural resources, enhance customer service, reduce costs, and increase reliability and efficiency.

As a result of these pressures, water utilities are now in need of information from their networks that go beyond meter reading, but deliver intelligence which helps reduce costs and helps transform their daily operations from a reactive to proactive nature.

At the launch in London of the revolutionary iPERL endpoint, Sensus outlined its vision of how this can be realised. iPERL is another proof point of Sensus’ commitment to delivering improved accuracy with integrated communications available to water utilities.

Water utilities are inter-dependent within the energy business, with typically up to 20 percent of operating costs directly related to the cost of buying electricity to pump water. Often the water utility is one of the biggest consumers’ of electricity in the local area. With rising prices making electricity an increasingly expensive factor in the cost of supply, Sensus identifies smart metering and smart water network management as the answer as it will enable time-of-day tariffs and sub-metering.

Smart water grid technology enables better management of the water network, meaning leakages, supply interruptions and uncontrolled discharges are fewer, helping combat any potential water shortage and protecting the environment. Through the creation of a Smart Water Network or smart grid, water companies can monitor and control pressure, flow rates, levels, water quality, detect and locate leakages, and reduce instances of bursts on the network. This will help them meet the increasing economic and environmental demands being placed on them.

“We know that populations are growing and that they are gravitating to urban areas. This will place more and more pressure on water networks in the years to come,” says Peter Mainz, CEO & President of Sensus. “Add in the high energy costs associated with water supply, the potential impact of climate change on water scarcity and increased consumption resulting from improving living standards, and it is clear that we need a more sustainable way of delivering water resources.”

iPERL offers a technology pathway to meet these challenges by enabling the benefits of Smart Grid for Water (Smart Water Network) for customers and by delivering communication solutions making this a reality.

“Simplicity, productivity and environmental sustainability are the three axis of innovation embodied in iPERL and it’s available now to help bring the vision of Smart Water Networks to reality says Peter Mainz.”

Sensus was talking about smart water networks and smart grids at:

European Smart Meter and Grid Conference and Awards, London 26th – 27th January.

The Annual Smart Grid Summit, Stockholm 24th – 26th January

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