Warren County Water District, Simpson County Water District, and Butler County Water System received top honor at the seventh annual Excellence in Resourcefulness Awards in Marco Island, Florida last month presented by Frost & Sullivan. The award recognizes utilities and municipalities using innovative products and services to minimize electric, gas, and water waste.
Serving a combined 40,800 residential, agricultural, commercial and industrial customers throughout 2,110 miles of distribution main – Warren, Simpson and Butler Water were recognized for their collaboration to reduce water loss water and improve connectivity throughout their service areas.
“Our team was proud to accept this award. The team began the implementation of modernizing water meter reads in all three water districts four years ago with Itron,” stated Jacob Cuarta, General Manger. “Automated Meter Reading (AMR) and leak detection technology enabled employees to read meters remotely, safely, and accurately via wireless signals. Advanced acoustical leak sensors were strategically placed to assist in identifying leaks in main lines and services before potential major interruptions.”
Since October 2018, the leak sensors have saved the water districts over 76 million gallons of water and over 20.6 million gallons for customers. The deployment of both AMR and AMI systems will continue to reduce meter reading costs, increase billing accuracy, enhance customer service and reduce water loss for Warren, Simpson and Butler Water.
“Warren, Simpson and Butler Water installed a combined 13,600 Itron acoustic leak sensors that are seamlessly integrated with the AMR and AMI system,” Cuarta added. “Since the commencement of this project, we have detected 371 leaks (equivalent to 76 million gallons of water) and have been able to notify 916 customers about leakage problems at the customer end. Savings from non-revenue water can be used for financing further infrastructure development that will serve the community as a whole.”
As part of the selection process, Frost & Sullivan conducted in-depth research and interviews and evaluated utilities against industry best practices and the decision criteria, including societal impact and business impact for each category. Indicators for societal impact included improving customer awareness and participation, enabling behavioral change to reduce waste through customer engagement and technology-driven programs, and yielding impressive waste reduction results that benefit the overall served community. Indicators for business impact included drafting a clear vision to address excessive waste through technology implementation, achieving operational effectiveness as a result of a successful strategy for sustainability, and strengthening a utility’s brand image as a leader for sustainability.
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About Warren, Simpson and Butler Water
Warren, Simpson and Butler Water are public water utilities serving more than a combined 40,800 customers and transporting over 10 million gallons a day throughout the three county region. There are over 2,110 miles of water mains in the service areas, which span over a total of 1,300 square miles.