Smart water meters help Utah achieve 30% decrease in demand

Smart water meters help Utah achieve 30% decrease in demand

September 28, 2018

In the US state of Utah,
the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District partnered with Sensus to
deploy advanced metering infrastructure to accurately bill consumers.

Providing services to 18,000 metering points and supplying water to
625,000 residents, Weber Basin has to date installed 6,375 IPERL smart
water meters as part of efforts to modernise its infrastructure.

The utility installed Sensus’ FlexNet IoT communications networks to provide connectivity to the smart water meters.

This allowed Weber Basin to monitor secondary water systems and hold
customers accountable for excessive use. When integrated with the
district’s new software programme, the utility can now deliver
additional outdoor watering data and conservation tips to their
customers.

Following the installation, 30% of customers have promised to take
immediate action and reduce outdoor watering and water usage has
decreased by 30-40%.

Darren Hess, assistant general manager of strategic initiatives at
Weber Basin, said: “We had a situation where customers were using as
much water as they wanted because they didn’t have to pay any more for
it.

“We didn’t want to bill our customers more but instead wanted them to
understand how much they were using so they could proactively
conserve.”

65% of the district’s water is being soaked up by manicured lawns and lush gardens.

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