California American Water, a subsidiary of American Water, the nation’s largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company, will be testing new technology that will enable participating Monterey Peninsula customers to monitor their daily water usage and identify unusually high water use that may indicate a leak.
CAW launched the pilot in an effort to conserve both water and the power used to pump it as well as help customers avoid high bills due to leaks.
The objective of the project is to garner enough information to evaluate feasibility and cost of operation, as well as to evaluate which features customers find most useful.
The pilot will begin this month and will run for about one year. CAW is currently recruiting up to 200 business and residential customers from two neighborhoods to voluntarily participate in the project. Others will be selected from a number of areas on the peninsula to ensure that there is a mix of residential and commercial customers testing the technology.
In other water management news, last week the Carbon Disclosure Project selected WSP Group, a Canadian-based engineering professional services consulting firm, to serve as one of two US consultancy partners for its pilot water consultancy partnership.
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