Pune: Its 2019. The age of smart cities, wearable technology, and IoT enabled devices that promise to make living digitally connected. Amid all this digital enablement, the city of Pune has opted to save water by implementing Digital water meters. The Pune Municipal Corporation will be implementing digital water meters to monitor, measure and manage water across its network.
Nearly 275,000 digital water meters will be actioned to manage water. These digi-meters are offered by Sensus iPerl.
In an official note, Sensus iPerl confirmed the project and the number of meters that will be deployed at PMC.
In the release, company officials claim that the city of Pune was the first to implement a program aligned with the Smart City mission. Exponential growth in population had strained the water supply network. The reason to implement the water meters was simple- achieve the growing demand and future proof against a potential water crisis.
V. G. Kulkarni, Chief Engineer, Pune Municipal Corporation, explained in the note, "We are extremely proud to be the first Indian city to deploy cutting-edge smart water meters. This is just the first step on our journey towards making Pune a more sustainable and self-sufficient city committed to conserving water. We are confident that Sensus is the right partner to ensure we achieve these goals."
When asked how different digital meters were from that of conventional ones, Amit Vaidya, Director at Sensus iPerl answered, "Conventional mechanical meters are often affected by entrained air and contaminants in the water – especially at lower flow rates."
"The lower the flow of water, the more likely it is that the meters will reflect an error and not provide right reading. However, with the use of electromagnetic smart water meters, utilities can accurately record and analyse data to understand water requirements and consumption patterns in particular areas."
"This will in turn enable utilities to manage water usage and encourage customers to reduce consumption levels, as well as bill for actual rather than estimated usage. Using a holistic approach to build a smart distribution network for water, utilities can bring many complementary technologies together. While the ultrasonic meters are best for commercial buildings and places, the electromagnetic is best for residential buildings."
Vaidya also said that the meters provided by his company enables a greater detection of customer side leakages.
"The near real-time data reads provide in depth, granular intelligence that can pinpoint the exact location of a leak as it occurs, enabling utilities to respond to network issues more efficiently and guarantee the delivery of continuous water supply.It also helps to address environmental challenges by reducing water loss and conserving the precious resource water has become."
He also added that in India, 40-45% of water is lost before it reaches the end-customer. "The implementation of a smart water solution, including Sensus iPERL, will enable utilities to reduce non-revenue water losses by 15-20% and provide 24 X 7 water supply."
The Bengaluru based Sensus is owned by Xylem. The company has been selected as Larsen & Toubro's technology implementation partner at PMC's water distribution project.