CA city leverages smart water technology to improve customer service, save water

Amid ongoing drought in California, the city of San Bruno is implementing a smart water network from Sensus for real-time system monitoring to find water leaks, better assist customers and conserve water resources.

RALEIGH, NC, Aug. 6, 2015 -- Amid ongoing drought in California, the city of San Bruno is implementing a smart water network from Sensus -- a clean technology company specializing in smart meters, software and services and communication systems -- for real-time system monitoring to find water leaks, better assist customers and conserve water resources.

In addition to limiting outdoor irrigation to two days a week, San Bruno can better manage and account for each drop of water in its system by using the Sensus FlexNet communication system, iPERL meters, Software as a Service (SaaS), and the Logic data analytics software platform.

“Our customers are monitoring their own water use during this severe drought. With this innovative technology, we can proactively alert them to costly leaks that may be occurring at their homes before that leak turns into an expensive water bill," said Jim Burch, deputy director of public works. "Sensus solutions help us to better serve our customers and, ultimately, conserve our precious water resources."

The Sensus FlexNet system is a long-range radio network that utilizes licensed spectrum to provide a scalable, upgradeable and reliable communications infrastructure that enables smart water networks and smart cities. The Sensus iPERL water meter captures the lowest flows and maintains measurement accuracy for their 20-year lifetime. SaaS saves money and IT resources.

"Regulating water use is just one step in the process of mitigating the current drought and creating a long term solution to the water scarcity issue in California," said Burch. "What will ultimately make the difference is technology."

See also:

"Sensus smart water network helps Fountain Valley conserve water, prevent leaks"

"Sensus showcases advanced technology with Research Triangle Park demo lab"


About Sensus

Sensus is a clean technology solutions company offering smart meters, communication systems, software and services for the electric, gas, and water industries. Sensus technology helps utilities drive operational efficiency and customer engagement with applications that include advanced meter reading, data acquisition, demand response, distribution automation, home area networking, and outdoor lighting control. For more information, visit sensus.com/web/usca.

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