Texas and New Mexico are among states taking a second look at ways to improve their water infrastructures, with smart water technology falling within their sights. As states begin to worry about the sustainability of current water systems, it's important to reconsider how innovative smart water technology can help regions better understand and manage their supplies.
For example, in Irving, Texas, policymakers approved two smart water projects, both hinging on conservation as a key factor in the project's long-term success, according to The Dallas Morning News. The first initiative, known as the Water Meter Vault Project, sought to replace water meter vaults at nine properties. Because the initial meters were so outdated, they could no longer be used to properly test water and replacement parts were no longer being manufactured. Construction on the vaults was completed months ahead of schedule - 72 days - and cost an approximate $748,424.24, nearly 8 percent under budget, the Morning News reported.