Earth Day 2013: Sensus Urges Smart Water Networks on a Global Scale

On Earth Day and every day, Sensus partners with water utilities worldwide to conserve water through leak detection and smart water networks. Recent research commissioned by Sensus found that utilities lose an estimated $9.6 billion each year due to leaked water.

Sensus has been providing smart water network technologies to water utilities for over 100 years and has helped more than 4,500 customers in North America conserve water and improve operations. Customers such as Chesterfield County, South Carolina and the City of O?Fallon, Missouri are experiencing real results from leak detection and insight into customer usage.

Residents of Chesterfield were losing several hundred gallons of water a day due to leaks from faulty plumbing. The county implemented a Sensus smart water network in 2010 and now helps about 12 to 18 customers a day by alerting them of leaks in their homes or businesses.

?Since implementing technology from Sensus, we?re able to find leaks and address them within hours,? said Charlie Gray, CEO of Chesterfield County Rural Water Company. ?And we?ve decreased our water loss by more than 50 percent.?

The City of O?Fallon implemented a smart water network in July of 2011. ?Our unaccounted for water has dropped from about 18 to 10 percent since we implemented a smart water network,? said O?Fallon Water and Sewer Manager Dan Scherer.

A smart water network is an integrated set of products, solutions and systems that enables utilities to remotely and continuously monitor and diagnose problems, prioritize and manage maintenance issues and use data to optimize all aspects of water distribution network performance.

As Earth Day is observed, Sensus, with 3,300 employees dedicated to the conservation and wise use of resources, urges the water industry to implement smart water networks on a global scale. ?Water scarcity is not a legacy we want to leave for future generations,? said Sensus President and CEO Peter Mainz. ?If we continue to leverage technology, in the form of smart water networks, we will preserve this vital resource for future generations.?

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