Sensus study explores value, barriers of smart water networks


A study by Sensus examines the operational, maintenance, conservation and financial benefits of using smart water networks to help solve water challenges.

The study, titled “Water 20/20: Bringing Smart Water Networks Into Focus” was conducted through in-depth interviews, comprehensive surveys with 182 global water utilities and analyzing utility operations and budgets. The analysis found that up to $12.5 billion in annual savings could be achieved from a combination of:

  • Improved leakage and pressure management;
  • Strategic prioritization and allocation of capital expenditures;
  • Streamlined network operations and maintenance; and
  • Streamlined water quality monitoring.

In addition to the benefits, the study also discusses key challenges to implementing smart water networks, including having a strong business case for smart water networks, funding, lack of political or regulatory support and integration challenges.

“As municipalities and utilities evolve, leaders continue to rethink the potential for using future investments in technology to better utilize water resources,” said Dan Pinney, global director of water marketing at Sensus. “With smart water systems, these companies are doing their part to aid in global conservation efforts while reaping significant benefits for their businesses.”

According to the study, utilities can save between $7.1 and $12.5 billion each year by implementing smart water solutions.

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Sensus_logoSensus, a Xylem brand, is a global provider of smart water systems comprised of advanced metering technology, software and its FlexNet communication network. Sensus works with customers to enhance their water management efforts. Utilities have leveraged Sensus smart water technologies to go from reactive to proactive, identifying leaks and mitigating pressure issues before they lead to significant water loss. Sensus solutions also help utilities improve service by enabling customers to adjust and eliminate unwanted behaviors while lowering their costs.

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