Chilean utility Essbio rolls out intelligent water meters
Chilean water utility Essbio will start using intelligent water meters from Danish company Kamstrup to help improve network efficiency...
SANTIAGO, Chile – One of Chile’s largest water utilities, Essbio, will start using intelligent water meters from Danish company Kamstrup to help improve network efficiency.
The smart water meters have been approved by Chile’s metering and telecommunication standards organisations - DICTUC (Department of Scientific and Technological Research of the Catholic University of Chile) and SUBTEL (Chile’s Department of Telecommunications).
At present, a considerable amount of the drinking water running through Essbio’s network is going undetected because the utility’s current meters cannot measure water used at low flow rates.
The installation is part of a pilot project that will provide Essbio with greater reliability over the quality of its supply and deeper insight into how it wants to build its intelligent water network.
A total of 6000 flowIQ 2102 ultrasonic water meters have been supplied as part of the project, with the aim to measure water flows as low as two litres per hour.
Kamstrup said the meters can maintain this low start flow with precision throughout their lifetime, which can extend up to 16 years due to the longevity of the battery life.
Víctor Hugo Bustamante, commercial manager at ESSBIO, said: “With the installation of the new intelligent meters, our company has started an innovation process in commercial services, with a short-term objective of improving the quality and precision in metering as well as a longer-term one where we are looking for efficiency opportunities by using data integration and automation.”
Ramón López Farías, sales manager for Latin America at Kamstrup, added: “This easy-to-use solution will provide highly accurate readings while reducing the amount of time its employees spend reading meters, all without having to disturb customers.”