See how cities are improving water management (through automated meters)

Thu, 2016-07-21 18:03 -- SCC India Staff

Water Leakage

India has horrific water issues that go well beyond meters and domestic waste. However, with the use of automation, it is practically possible to avoid water theft, illegal connections and leakages and importantly, monitor water distribution.

Meanwhile, a few state authorities in India have started monitoring water distribution and management by installing automated meter reading (AMR). Here, the Council’s lead partner Itron Inc is helping cities including Mumbai, Bengaluru, Navi Mumbai, and states like Delhi and Rajasthan in addressing their water management issues.

To begin with Mumbai, about 50 per cent of the city’s potable water is lost compared with an average of 34 per cent worldwide and about 10 per cent for the most efficient water systems. This has made the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai install 1.5 lakh Itron AMR meters which can be read remotely. AMR has improved supplies from a system that provides tap water to half of the city’s 13 million residents for a few hours a day. What’s more, the AMR helped MCGM locate leaks and eliminate waste.  All the AMR meters are equipped with tamer alarms.

In the case of Bengaluru, the AMR project (GPRS-based) implemented by the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board has significantly improved data collection and bill generation for the commercial properties which are the main contributors to BWSSB’s revenue. The AMR project is for commercial properties for meter size of DN 25 and above. Itron meters are installed with WaterMind Analyzer which records data at an interval of 15 minutes.    

Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation has installed around 1 lakh Itron meters on which AMR data reading is done. This data is provided to NMMC for its billing purposes in XML format. In Navi Mumbai, Itron’s Water AMR solution enables NMMC to significantly improve data collection and understand its own customers’ energy usage. Interestingly, the existing Walk-By AMR System can be upgraded to a Fixed Network Data Collection System.

Delhi Jal Board, which faces massive water theft, has finally switched to an automated mode. The board has installed around 1.20 lakh AMR meters and 40,000 non-AMR meters. Here, to make it simpler to its staff, the AMR meters can be read from a distance through a handheld unit. Itron has deployed the AnyQuest Solution, which significantly reduces costs to read meters and also captures crucial information about the meter which helps to identify potential issues that need to be resolved.