West African utility targets non-revenue water with Itron meters
The Malian Drinking Water Supply Management Company has partnered with Itron to help decrease non-revenue water...
BAMAKO, Mali - The Malian Drinking Water Supply Management Company (SOMAGEP-SA), a water provider to 160,000 customers in Mali in Western Africa, has partnered with Itron to help decrease non-revenue water following a successful trial.
The utility will use Itron’s residential and commercial & industrial (C&I) water metering automation and monitoring solutions, including software-as-a-service (SaaS) for analytics and meter data management, to decrease its non-revenue water levels.
A pilot project targeting a dedicated district metered area (DMA) in Bamako, La Cité du Niger, featured encouraging results in a short period of time, according to Itron.
Network efficiency was improved in the DMA by 14%, decreasing the amount of water lost every month by half.
This led to the new contract to deploy Itron solutions in another larger DMA, where nearly 60,000 metering points are managed.
The aim is for the utility to limit waste using detailed meter data to detect leaks, monitor system performance and improve water efficiency.
SOMAGEP-SA will use mobile data collection for residential customers to streamline meter reading and improve operational efficiency.
For its commercial customers, SOMAGEP-SA will use Itron’s WaterMind® C&I water monitoring solution, to remotely monitor the daily consumption patterns of these customers and immediately detect events such as leaks, meter blockages, backflow, excessive
Boubacar Kane, CEO of SOMAGEP-SA, said: “Mali is facing a fast growing urbanization and with it, a growing challenge to effectively distribute water in the capital city of Bamako. This is why SOMAGEP-SA turned to Itron to help us better manage the delivery and use of water resources. Ensuring that our water resources are used in the most efficient manner is critical to us and our customers.”
Mathias Martin, Itron vice president of non-revenue water solutions, said: “At the core of Itron’s mission is the desire to help utilities increase access to clean drinking water around the world, which is why we are proud to work with SOMAGEP-SA to improve water access in Mali.”