Inside the Internet of Things – Making water utilities smarter

The article below by Dan Rafter, published April 2 2018, highlights how the IoT (Internet of Things) is allowing water utilities to get smart and provide a better service to customers, as well as, manage the operations of the water utility.

Inside the Internet of Things

Making water utilities smarter

Dan Rafter – April 2 2018.

When you think of the Internet of Things movement, or IoT for short, you might think of a refrigerator that tells its users when a bottle of milk is getting old. Or maybe you picture an alarm clock that not only wakes you up at 5:30 a.m. but also tells your coffee maker to start brewing your favorite cup of joe.

The IoT movement has great potential to change our lives. Simply put, IoT refers to devices at work or at home that are all connected to the Internet and that all then talk to each other and share data.

The home version of the IoT movement sounds like fun. A sensor in your car can tell the lights in your home’s living room to switch on minutes before you pull into your driveway.

But what about in the workplace? And what about for water utilities? Does the IoT movement have a place in water delivery?

You can click on the following link to read the rest of the article.

Required Reporting for Water Utilities

An article by Laura Sanchez, April 5th 2017, detailing California’s Senate Bill 555, Water Efficiency  Blog. The original can be sourced here.

Water delivery systems leak. Therefore, non-revenue water is an issue concerning all water delivery systems—not only because water lost represents dollars lost, but because it also means the waste of a precious resource.

According to a study by the World Bank, “The total cost to water utilities caused by non-revenue water worldwide can be conservatively estimated at $141 billion per year, with a third of it occurring in the developing world.” Industry estimates put typical system leakage at about 10%. However in developing countries, the report estimates that about 45 million cubic meters are lost from distribution networks daily.

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Upcoming Webinars from AWWA (Some are free!)

Hey guys just received an up-to-date listing of webinars from AWWA including free webinars. Exciting stuff indeed. Don’t forget to check it out…

OPTIMIZING SURFACE WATER TREATMENT: COMPLIANCE THROUGH WATER QUALITY MONITORING
March 23, 2016 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MT

This webinar will cover the fundamental water quality monitoring applicable to conventional surface water treatment, the interactions among the monitored parameters, and how that information is used to execute chemical feed and treatment process changes.

Speakers:

  • Chris Fox, Director of Water Quality, MUD of Omaha
  • Brian Thorburn, Senior Operator, EPCOR Water Services
  • Scott Borman, General Manager, Benton Washington Regional Public Water Authority

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FREE WEBINAR: SMART WATER MIGRATION: THE RIGHT TIME AT THE RIGHT PACEMarch 31, 2016  | 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MT

This complimentary webinar is sponsored by Neptune

Facing limited resources and a rapidly changing workforce, how can today’s water utilities implement technology without sacrificing investments they’ve already made? In this webinar, Neptune Technology Group will demonstrate how today’s water utilities can easily move forward – not only from automatic meter reading (AMR) to fixed network advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) – but beyond basic billing functions to leverage metering data for unique needs across the utility. With backward-compatible, smart water technology, utilities can future-proof and optimize their AMR-to-AMI system, without stranding assets, or hidden licensing and upgrade fees.

Participants will hear from an actual water utility on how it implemented a cost-effective, timely AMR-to-AMI system for its unique needs – simply and painlessly – without stranding assets, and at the utility’s own pace.

Speakers:

  • Chuck Brunson, Principal Product Marketing Manager, Neptune Technology Group
  • Deb Geier, Utility Resources Manager, Wausau Water Works
  • John Sala, Director of Marketing, Neptune Technology Group
  • Brian Macy, General Manager, Indio Water Authority

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HYDRANT FLOW TESTING: PURPOSE, PROCESS AND EXPERIENCES April 6, 2016  | 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MT

This webinar will discuss aspects of hydrant testing and inform about available resources, including the AWWA Manual M17. Hydrant testing experience and insight will be presented from multiple perspectives: engineering and planning with model calibration, utility operations and management of hydrants, and hydrant testing in specific or special situations. The webinar will conclude with insight on how test results can provide support for utility planning and operations.

Speakers:

  • Jim Cooper, Senior Engineer, Arcadis
  • Frank Parsons, Water Distribution, City of Dayton
  • Tom Walski, Senior Product Manager, Bentley

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FREE WEBINAR: MANAGING WATER LOSS
TOGETHER – THREE UTILITIES SHARE STRATEGIES AND LESSONS LEARNED

April 12, 2016 | 11:00 a.m. – noon MT

This complimentary webinar is sponsored by Sensus.

The Borough of Monaca, Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) and the City of Fairmont West Virginia will share innovative approaches to recover lost revenue, identify leaks and deliver real results.

This webinar will explore how the Borough of Monaca identified multiple leaks, including a 20-year water leak that spilled more than 200,000 gallons of water daily. The webinar outlines the process and technology that exposed hundreds of unbilled water accounts – recovering revenue for the town. You’ll also hear use cases from The City of Fairmont detailing how they improved billing accuracy and identified continuous leaks throughout their distribution system.

Speakers:

  • Shawn Stoddard, Senior Resource Economist, Truckee Meadows Water Authority
  • Mario Leone, Jr., Manager, Borough of Monaca Water Department, Borough of Monaca Municipality
  • Mark Moore, Utility Controller, City of Fairmont Water Board

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DROUGHT CONTINGENCY PLANS: LEARN FROM UTILITY EXPERIENCES

April 13, 2016 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MT

This webinar provides options for developing, implementing, and measuring the success of a utility drought preparedness plan. Participants will gain insights into actual drought-management experiences from across North America. Utility case studies will be presented focusing on challenges and success stories regarding drought management.

Speakers:

  • Erin M. Young, Water Resources Manager, City of Flagstaff
  • Kelly O’Rourke, Resource Conservation Lead Program Planner, Seattle Public Utilities
  • Margaret Hunter, Sr. Project Manager, American Water
  • Patrick Pilz, Manager of Field Operations, California American Water

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PURPOSE, PROCESS AND BENEFITS OF COMPLETING A WATER AUDIT
April 20, 2016 | 11:00 a.m. – noon MT

This webinar is the second of a two-part water loss control webinar series. Part One gives an understanding of the regulatory landscape and why water loss control management is becoming a forefront topic for utilities, with some discussion of tools to use. This Part Two is more hands-on, providing training for how to complete a water audit. A general introduction/recap of Part One will be included, followed by an examination of AWWA Manual M36 and the water audit software.

Speakers:

  • George Kunkel, CEO, Kunkel Water Efficiency Consulting
  • David Sayers, Consultant, Black & Veatch
  • Brandon Buckner, Manager, Water Services Division, City of Asheville Water Resources

To purchase part one of this series, contact Sue Bach.

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FREE WEBINAR: HYDRAULIC MODELING OF UNIDIRECTIONAL FLUSHING (UDF) – AMERICAN WATER CASE STUDIES
April 21, 2016 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MT

This complimentary webinar is sponsored by Bentley Systems, Inc.

Unidirectional flushing (UDF) of water distribution systems is the focus of this webinar. The presentation begins with a thorough background on UDF and explains in which cases UDF is a useful pipe-cleaning method. The speakers will then describe how hydraulic modeling can help with planning and implementing successful UDF programs. The webinar will close with a demonstration of a typical flushing study workflow within a WaterCAD/WaterGEMS hydraulic model as the latest flushing capabilities an available software provides are reviewed.

System flushing is an important method of controlling water quality throughout a water distribution system network. Flushing stirs up and removes sediments from mains and clears poor-quality water from the system, replacing it with fresh water from the source. The webinar speakers will review key rules of flushing and what to do when rules conflict. Guidelines for UDF programs will also be reviewed to give attendees best practices to implement for an effective UDF program.

Speakers:

  • James Chelius, Director – Engineering Asset Planning, American Water, Inc.
  • Jian Yang, Senior Planning Engineer, American Water, Inc.

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FREE Webinar: Smart Water Migration: The Right Time at the Right Pace

This complimentary webinar is sponsored by Neptune Technology Group and presented by the American Water Works Association (AWWA).

Date:
March 31, 2016
Time:
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM MT

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Facing limited resources and a rapidly changing workforce, how can today’s water utilities implement technology without sacrificing investments they’ve already made? In this webinar, Neptune Technology Group will demonstrate how today’s water utilities can easily move forward – not only from automatic meter reading (AMR) to fixed network advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) – but beyond basic billing functions to leverage metering data for unique needs across the utility. With backward-compatible, smart water technology, utilities can future-proof and optimize their AMR-to-AMI system, without stranding assets, or hidden licensing and upgrade fees.

Today’s water utility managers face mounting challenges. They know that they need to replace aging infrastructure, optimize their workforce, and better manage their data to improve customer service as well as revenue. Yet at the same time, they may doubt that they have the financial, technical, or personnel resources to implement the type of AMR/AMI system they need – especially all-at-once.

Participants will hear from an actual water utility how it implemented a cost-effective, timely AMR-to-AMI system for its unique needs – simply and painlessly – without stranding assets, and at the utility’s own pace.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Establish where their utility is on the AMR-to-AMI spectrum – and where they want to be
  2. Leverage and expand on the metering technology they already use, at their own pace
  3. Manage their metering data more efficiently – and go beyond basic billing
  4. Analyze the data they already receive and share it across departments
  5. Enhance customer service and revenue through an optimized system

By registering for this webinar, you submit your information to the sponsor, Neptune, who will use it to communicate with you regarding this event and their services.

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