New report shows leak detection bolstered by AMR

A new Chartwell report says AMR-enabled leak detection practices and devices can help water utilities reap significant financial and conservational benefits. Water AMR Trends & Leak Detection 2007 contains two in-depth case studies featuring Boston Water & Sewer Commission (BWSC) and American Water. Both utilities made significant strides in using their fixed AMR systems for leak detection purposes, and have justified the expansion of their programs...

ATLANTA, Jan. 31, 2008 -- A new Chartwell report says AMR-enabled leak detection practices and devices can help water utilities reap significant financial and conservational benefits.

Water AMR Trends & Leak Detection 2007 contains two in-depth case studies featuring Boston Water & Sewer Commission (BWSC) and American Water. Both utilities made significant strides in using their fixed AMR systems for leak detection purposes, and have justified the expansion of their programs.

"BWSC and American Water have unique leak detection programs that differ in strategy and structure but both appear to be highly successful," says Mark Hall, Chartwell's metering research analyst. "For example, American Water has automated its leak detection practices with automated acoustic sensors and AMR."

The report also contains original Chartwell analysis on water AMR trends and leak detection, based on data from 2004 to 2007. For example, nearly 18% of the utilities Chartwell surveyed over the past four years are using AMR-enabled leak detection processes and devices.

The report includes analysis of the following key areas:
• AMR installation among water utilities;
• Water AMR cost data;
• Water utility definitions of AMI;
• Technological practices and techniques for AMR-enabled leak detection;
• The role fixed AMR plays in leak detection; and
• New water AMR trends.

Water AMR Trends & Leak Detection 2007 is a 23-page report analyzing data from Chartwell's most recent proprietary metering survey, as well as past water AMR data. The report is available at no charge to Chartwell Premier Members and members of Chartwell's Metering Research Series. Non-members may purchase the report for $495.

The Metering Research Series includes approximately six annual research reports, monthly news reporting and analysis and other publications. For additional information on this Chartwell research series, please contact Chartwell at utility.info@chartwellinc.com or at (800) 432-5879.

Based in Atlanta, Chartwell Inc. is a specialized information provider that facilitates knowledge exchange among utility professionals responsible for management practices and technology solutions.

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