See how ultrasonic water meters benefited India’s village

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As water scarcity, population growth and aging infrastructure burdens India's smart water sector, however, utilities are leaving no stone unturned in improving the sector. That said, Council’s associate partner Kamstrup has successfully installed 450 water meters in the city of Kapil Gram Panchayat, 300 km southeast of Mumbai, which has benefitted the citizen in every possible way. The city has a population of 5,000 people and becomes the first city in India to get ultrasonic water meters installed.

Before getting a Kamstrup meter the consumer was charged at bulk rate. There were no limitations on how much water could be consumed and how much to waste. By adding a metering system, consumers are now aware that it is better to consume less and pay less. In other words they save costs that directly impact their pocket.

“By getting a Kamstrup water meter, consumers experience tangible improvement of their daily life. During bulk supply, consumers had to wait from 6 AM till night, not knowing when the water will come or how much there will be. This has been always unknown. Now consumers don’t need to store their water and don’t need to waste water,’’ says KR Otari, Sub Div. Engineer at Maharashtra state water supply.

Effective water management

Kapil Gram Panchayat decided to install AMR water meters for effective water management. With the project now running, the expectations are high, says SK Bhopale, Sectional Engineer, Maharashtra state water supply. “To recover project implementation cost, we needed to issue water bills to all on monthly basis. And most important is the bill, which should be based on actual usage of each consumer. That’s why we installed Kamstrup AMR ultrasonic domestic water meters,” says Bhopale.

Economical win-win

The system has successfully been installed with a handheld drive-by solution. The water meters log daily consumption data and events such as leak, tamper and reverse flow for 460 days and monthly data for 36 months.

“The system definitely delivers as expected. By using ultrasonic meters we will get accuracy and be able to save water. That awareness goes to the consumer. What we deliver, that will be counted. The economy issue is therefore important for us and the consumer,” says BK Wankhede, Executive Engineer from Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (Maharashtra state water supply). He further added: “Kamstrup gives us awareness to new technology and helps us achieve efficiency at the water plant and reduce non-revenue water.’’

Training

Since Maharashtra state water supply does not have trained staff for meter reading activity. Therefore, Kamstrup will provide practical training for local Council Staff. The staff will be trained by the Kamstrup officials to read meters using USB Meter Reader, transfer data to local computer by using reading software, export reading data to their billing software and prepare bills on monthly basis for individual consumer.

Smart meter market

Smart meters market is projected to reach $19.98 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 9.34% from 2017 to 2022. Factors such as government policies and mandates in developed economies and accurate billing and improved customer service are driving market globally. While Asia-Pacific is estimated to be the fastest growing region.

With regards to the application segment, the residential segment is expected to constitute the fastest growing market from 2017 to 2022. The meters measure the electricity, water, and gas consumption and communicate this to the central utility system. The installations of these devices in the residential sector help in reducing CO2 emissions globally as the consumer's inclination towards peak time savings of energy would increase. The increasing residential construction activities and government mandates like the European Union 20-20-20 policy, which aims to convert 80% of the installed meter base to smart one, have ensured the growth in the demand for smart meters