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Beacon AMA

Smart Water Network Saves UC Merced More Than 1M Gallons of Water Annually

Beacon AMAThe University of California Merced has reported a more than 23 percent reduction in water consumption since implementing a Badger Meter smart water network in 2011.

The Beacon Advanced Metering Analytics (AMA) system has helped the university save several million of gallons from leaks detected by the network’s near real-time data, the company says.

In the first year, the campus dorms reduced their consumption by 14 percent, saving 79,000 gallons of water. They also saved 1.4 million gallons of water from 16 water leaks detected by the near real-time data.

During the program’s lifetime, Beacon AMA has detected several leaks, including five toilets leaking a total of 150 gallons per hour, saving the university an estimated 1 million gallons of water per year.

Located in the Central Valley, one of the driest regions in California, UC Merced chose Badger Meter to meet the campus’ new compliance standards.

The system uses Beacon AMA’s cellular radio endpoints, existing cellular networks and software. Combined with accurate meter readings from a variety of Badger Meter flow measurement products — all connected to Beacon AMA using cellular communications — the campus is able to monitor its reclaimed water, irrigation and wastewater.

Last month the city of Santa Fe chose Badger Meter’s Beacon smart water meter system for full installation across all of it water meter endpoints, including both residential and commercial customers.

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