Aug 26, 2011

City in Oregon Expands Sustainability Program Smart Grid for Water Technologies

A residential management program was completed in 2010 with the commercial program set to launch this year

The city of Gresham, Ore., has deployed Sensus AquaSense intelligent water management technologies to promote sustainability and boost operational efficiency. The solution unites a two-way communications network with advanced meters, software and services to enable Gresham and its customers to better manage water resources.

Gresham completed installation of the system, including the Sensus FlexNet communications network and 16,000 residential water meters, in November 2010 and is now expanding the deployment to serve its commercial water customers.

Gresham, a sustainability-focused community located near Portland, is one of the first large water utilities in the state to install a tower-based advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system. The city aims to improve its operational efficiency and lower its carbon footprint by providing real-time data to customers and reducing truck rolls.

Following the installation of approximately 400 Sensus OMNI commercial water meters, Gresham will be well on its way to delivering an intelligent water management system for all its customers.  The project was funded in part by a grant awarded through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act and a separate grant from the state of Oregon Infrastructure Finance Authority, in addition to capital funds already allocated for a meter replacement program. The city estimates a full return on the $4 million program within seven to ten years.