Drinking water and sewer systems provide a city’s most vital resources, fresh water, and sanitation. In most cities, this infrastructure is very old and losses of 10-20% or more are not uncommon. As water resources are becoming more scarce and expensive, leak-detection systems are becoming a critical part of future system distribution plans. On average, a single person uses between 80 and 100 gallons of water a day. A leak as small as 1/8″ can waste over one-quarter million gallons of water in a three-month period. Utilizing RPMA solutions, devices can be implemented to identify leaks, flow rate, and other critical technical information ensuring maximum efficiency by the water authority.
The advantages for a water utility to remotely monitor water use is clear, provided the system is accurate and eliminates the need for regular physical checks by personnel. Further, a smart water system must be able to quickly and accurately locate leaks, so that crews can intervene before substantial water losses occur or a water main breaks. By delivering these results, a smart water system saves the money needed for investment, maintenance, and consumer use.