Posted on Friday, March 22, 2019 by Lena Warming
Water covers 70% of our planet, and you might think that there will always be abundant quantities, however, clean water — what we drink, bathe in, water our farm and fields with—is unbelievably limited. Only 3% of the world’s water is clean water, and two-thirds of that is tucked away in frozen glaciers or is otherwise unavailable for our use.
As a consequence, approximately 1.1 billion
people worldwide lack access to water, and a total of 2.7 billion find water
scarce for at least one month of the year. Today it is World Water Day and we
discuss how tackling the water crisis by addressing the reasons why and how Non-Revenue
Water and water loss can be lowered through smart metering and data.
At Kamstrup, we want to be a part of implementing The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainable Development Goal number 6 “Clean Water and Sanitation” is set out to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030. With the Sustainable Development Goals, the UN has created a foundation for working towards a more sustainable future and water utilities today play a major role in implementing and overcoming the obstacles that get in the way of reaching the goals. We believe that Smart metering can help utilities all over the world reduce water loss and Non-Revenue water by providing frequent and reliable insights to an otherwise black box that is also known as a distribution network.
"After the meters has been installed, we know how much water we are consuming on a daily basis and we are using it more carefully now"..Harish Mahajan, Citizen in Shirpur Warwade
Transparency comes from knowledge
Non-Revenue Water and water loss is a global problem because it makes it difficult to preserve our water resources - particularly in areas with water scarcity. But it is also a challenge faced by most local water utilities every day due to circumstances like increased urbanisation, higher demand, and aging distribution networks. The area is complex because the many kinds of Non-Revenue Water must be dealt with in different ways. However, common to all of them is that they require the right knowledge at the right time – and that is where data from smart metering can play a major part.
By analysing the data that your smart meters collect, you can pinpoint leakages in the distribution network a lot faster and more accurately. A smart meter will automatically send out an alarm in case of a leak or a burst inside the house which enables you to take action much faster and more effectively than before.
Pressure management makes it possible for the utility to reduce the total number of leaks and bursts because an optimal operating pressure reduces the “stress” on the pipes. There is a direct link between the operating pressure and the number of leaks. With increased knowledge of the pressure in the distribution mains, it is possible to optimise the pressure, lower the energy consumption and the amount of leakage. The utility also gains detailed knowledge of pressure surges that can lead to bursts.
With the right tools, utilities can transform their metering data into actionable insights that support the development towards a more sustainable water future. It is no longer just about smart meters and consumption data, but also about adding other smart devices to your distribution network such as sensors that can provide detailed data on other parameters, for example, water quality.
In the years to come, the sustainability focus in the water sector will undoubtedly see many more innovative approaches and new opportunities, but on the path to a sustainable water future, smart water metering is one of the weapons utilities can use to generate concrete results today.