Target: Implement optimal instrumentation across the watershed
Smart water metering solution reduces water usage by 10% in Australian city
Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Australia is an arid area,with low rainfall. Situated east of Perth, it has a population of about 35,000 and no locally available, natural water supply. After installing a smart water metering solution from Council member Itron, the water utility was able to reduce Kalgoorlie’s water use by 10%.
Target: Connect devices with citywide, multi-service communications
Using Cellular Technology to Improve Water Management
What if you applied cellular technology -- similar to that used in smartphones -- in water management systems to improve water quantity, quality and cost? Council members Qualcomm and CH2M have teamed up to make it possible, as this video explains.
Target: Consider a cloud computing framework
How the cloud is revolutionizing the future of water utility management
Cloud software services are bringing about rapid and diverse changes to how a water utility operates and how data is used. As new systems often require new technology resources to operate and support, the white paper linked below from Council Associate Partner Badger Meter explains why utilities are finding cloud computing to be a viable alternative to investing in additional hardware.
Target: Achieve operational optimization for sustainability, efficiency, cleanliness and safety
The Murky Future of Global Water Quality
A global study by Council Associate Partner Veolia and the International Food Policy Research Institute found that rapidly deteriorating water quality over the next several decades will increase risks to human health, economic development and thousands of aquatic ecosystems in developed and developing economies alike.
Target: Achieve full situational awareness across the watershed
A layered view of data technologies for the water distribution network
This brief white paper from Council advisor SWAN highlights the entire system of data technologies connected to or serving the water distribution network. For discussion purposes it separates the various components into layers, each of which can be made more intelligent as the water network evolves into a smart water grid.
Target: Achieve asset optimization
Road to R900 RF Technology Leads to More Actual Reads and Proof of Consumption
The utility serving Madison, Tennessee used to read its water meters manually every other month, estimating usage in intervening months. Even so, the process took eight to 10 readers, in four to five cars, more than 20 hours. After switching to RF technology from Council member Neptune Technology Group, it now takes two days, two readers and one truck.