Article | December 21, 2013

Southwest States Turn Interest To Water Conservation


Towns in Texas and New Mexico look to smart water technology to help them solve water conservation issues amid a changing climate.

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 Because the initial meters were so outdated, they could no longer be used to properly test water and replacement parts were no longer being manufactured.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. 

The second project, or Water Line project, implemented a 48-inch water line to replace a crucial stretch of pipe that had become frail and vulnerable due to its age. 

Similarly, in New Mexico, smart water projects were proposed to help accommodate population in addition to natural resource shortages caused by adverse weather. The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority recently set into motion an initiative with the Utility Partners of America that streamlined the vast and complex local water infrastructure that connects more than 50,000 residential homes and commercial properties, according to Water World. 

Moving forward, the Water Utility Authority has already seen the benefits of updated water systems, including enhanced leak detection, reallocation of personnel for more efficient services and better response times.