Two-Pronged Water Efficiency Approach for Drought-Hit Utilities
In the midst of a historic drought, Neptune Technology Group provides its water utility customers with systems that boost water efficiency — not only on the demand side but on the supply side as well.
This two-pronged approach is proving especially helpful to utilities in the western US, Neptune says. For instance, as the state of California has put into effect more stringent restrictions on water usage, Neptune’s automatic meter reading (AMR) and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems provide tools to improve water efficiency.
By leveraging Neptune’s point-of-use leak detection and data logging capabilities, utilities can detect leaks at residences or identify excessive water usage with 96 days of historical consumption data from the meter. The utilities can show these users how much water they used, and when, helping to enforce water restrictions while encouraging changes in consumption behavior. Individual customers can even monitor their own consumption through a web portal in Neptune’s N_SIGHT IQ intelligent data and analytics.
Likewise, by tracking water on the supply, or distribution side, those same water utilities can conserve water in another way. In communities that cannot rely on usual water resources such as rainfall or snowmelt, it is crucial to identify an additional source of water scarcity — non-revenue Water (water loss). Using Neptune’s N_SIGHT PLUS host software, utilities can group similar accounts for District Metered Area analysis and balance water produced against water consumed down to the neighborhood level — all to help track and manage non-revenue water. This form of water conservation is actually the most cost-effective method of finding “new” water for utilities.
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