By Jeff Smith, Primary Flow Signal
The United States Environmental Protection Agency claims there are approximately 155,000 public water systems in the nation and the public drinking water systems regulated by EPA provide drinking water to 90 percent of Americans. To put this in perspective, a family of four statistically uses 400 gallons of water daily.
As water is becoming more valuable and also less readily available, it’s important that the most accurate metering technology is implemented during all phases of the water treatment and metering process. Any leaks, or irregular activity not perceived by the metering applications can create not only inaccurate readings but also can result in significant water loss among other things.
When a flow measurement system is in place and billing becomes a factor regarding either the amount of water delivered or received, those measurement values and metering elements must be accurate to ensure both the “sender” and the “receiver” are providing or paying for the correct amount of flow. But more importantly, in terms of a municipal or water management facility, devices have a defined, limited measurement capacity, and some elements such as metering manholes are at times not properly installed for measurement. This creates an element of difficulty, and measures need to be taken to ensure that effective measurement is installed.