1) Issue: Energy/Water & Waste Management
2) Tech summary
- Cities in California have been installing “smart water meters” as a way of monitoring water use, collecting real-time data, and informing users of potential leaks.
- Traditional water meters simply keep a running tally of water use and generate a bill based on that usage. Smart meters provide insight into time of day, patterns, and potential abnormal usage that could reveal a leak.
- Long Beach, for example, has made use of smart water meter technology from Transparent Technologies while San Francisco uses a similar product from Elster AMCO Water.
- This macro-level visibility may eventually allow cities and water utilities to associate higher costs with peak usage times (surge pricing) as is currently done with electricity.
- Smart Water Meters Gain Traction in Drought-Ridden California from Green Tech Media
- How smart meters are helping California save water from Grist
3) Stakeholders: water utilities, business owners, homeowners, city managers
4) Steps for deployment
- Partner with tech company to supply smart meter sensors
- Develop pilot program to install technology on limited number of meters
- Collect and analyze data with goal of finding “early win” for the program