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Earth Day 2015: Sensus Smart Water Networks Can Help Fight California Drought

One-third of global utilities lose more than 40 percent of treated water due to leaks; smart water networks detect leaks

(Click-to-Tweet) – As California battles one of the most severe droughts on record this Earth Day, Sensus encourages public service providers to invest in proven technologies that will increase the state’s water efficiency and ultimately save water. Now in its fourth year and with no end in sight, the drought has prompted statewide water restrictions. California public service providers could benefit from the smart water technologies that many utilities across the country are using to detect leaks and conserve water.

Sensus’ smart water network combines the power of advanced metering technology, software and proven service with the FlexNet™ communication system to enable water conservation. By implementing a smart water network, public service providers can account for every drop and conserve water through the technology’s enhanced leak detection and unparalleled data acquisition. As California enacts water restrictions, public service providers must do their part to save the millions of gallons of treated water lost to leaks each day.

“As we observe Earth Day, it is critical to understand the importance of conservation and the resources available to help reduce water waste and increase drought resiliency, especially in places under such dire circumstances like California,” said Sensus President Randy Bays. “Sensus has been providing smart water network solutions to water utilities for more than 100 years and has helped more than 5,000 customers in North America conserve water and improve operations, ultimately supporting the preservation of this precious resource.”

Following the implementation of the Sensus FlexNet system, many public service providers immediately discover a daily loss of thousands of gallons of water due to ongoing leaks. One water utility even discovered a single leak causing 200,000 gallons of water loss each day.

The Sensus FlexNet system is a long-range radio network that provides a scalable and reliable communications infrastructure that enables smart cities. The range of the point-to-multi-point network reduces the number of access points required to capture and transmit data. Public service providers using the FlexNet communication network can support multiple applications that increase operational efficiency and customer engagement. The large inventory of licensed spectrum ensures that customers have the bandwidth required to support future data requirements.

Summary:
  • Sensus’ smart water network combines the power of its advanced metering technology, software and proven services with the FlexNet system to enable water conservation.
  • By implementing a smart water network, public service providers can account for every drop and conserve water through the technology’s enhanced leak detection and unparalleled data acquisition.
  • Following the implementation of the Sensus FlexNet system, many public service providers immediately discover a daily loss of thousands of gallons of water due to ongoing leaks.

"Sensus has been providing smart water network solutions to utilities for more than 100 years and has helped more than 5,000 customers in North America conserve water and improve operations."

Randy Bays

President, Sensus

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