What's So 'Smart' About AMI Investment?
 

According to the EPA, the volume of treated water lost annually through distribution systems is 1.7 trillion gallons, at a national cost of $2.6 billion. Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) is one way to uncover the “hidden” details behind that assault on water distribution efficiency. In addition, innovative use of AMI smart water solutions also creates cost-efficient ways to optimize performance beyond recouping losses due to leaks, theft, or incomplete billing.

An FYI On AMI ROI
 

Any water utility that has to impose restrictions due to water scarcity appreciates the value of conservation. On the other hand, there are utilities that — knowingly or unknowingly — permit as much as 20 to 40 percent of their treated water to trickle away without collecting a cent for it. If you have experienced either extreme, but are not already using advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), what’s holding you back? 

Overcoming Your AMI Objections
 

Water conservation has long been a hot topic between water utilities and their end users for a variety of reasons — seasonal water scarcity, overextended treatment facilities, periodic maintenance disruptions, etc. This article dispels some of the common myths related to advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) technology that can help cut treated water losses and generate previously overlooked revenue.

Understanding Head Loss ... And Why It Matters
 

Satisfying water purification and volume requirements at the treatment plant or wellhead are not the only cost-performance impacts on physical operations. There are other variables related to distribution operations that affect head loss and energy costs throughout a distribution system. Here are several strategies for identifying, calculating, and minimizing head loss.