The benefits of implementing an Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) to reduce operating costs and improve energy use are apparent, but have you considered the advantages of doing the same for your water supply? Read on to learn about the municipal utility solutions Energy Systems Group implements to help local governments and commercial enterprises reduce non-revenue water loss and increase conservation and sustainability:
What is an Advanced Metering Infrastructure?
Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) allows a client to receive more accurate readings about their water utility usage far more easily, though it usually only consists of one-way communication—sending real-time water usage and billing data to the consumer or utility provider. An AMI uses a two-way communication network to detect usage patterns, provide real-time billing information, and facilitate interaction between consumers and utility suppliers.
What are its benefits?
According to a report from the WaterWorld trade journal, as much as 30 percent of all water distributed throughout the U.S. is lost through non-revenue water loss, usually due to unidentified leaks in the distribution system. Similar to its implementation in electrical utilities, a water-based AMI gives utility providers time-stamped metering information to proactively search for leaks or other anomalies, and in some cases, to remotely shut off or redirect water flow.
When is an AMI appropriate?
As with any major infrastructure modification, a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis and utility audit are essential prior to implementation of a water or energy AMI system. Large buildings that rely on expansive utility networks could see significant savings over time, particularly if the existing municipal utility system is outdated or in frequent need of repairs.
If you are looking for ways to significantly reduce your utility costs and create a more energy-efficient infrastructure, let our team of specialists at Energy Systems Group help you achieve your sustainability goals cost-effectively. As a NAESCO-accredited energy services provider, we have the expertise and background to help you develop clean energy solutions. Call (812) 618-4699 or contact our associates online to schedule a professional audit or consultation.