Converting from AMR to AMI | WWD Weekly Digest

April 29, 2021
Advanced metering infrastructure and smart water metering can improve operational efficiency, provide for better data collection and create a better customer experience. So what should utilities consider when looking to convert or upgrade?

Advanced metering infrastructure and smart water metering are popular topics for drinking water utilities. The technology can improve operational efficiency, provide for better data collection and create a better customer experience. Rowland Water District in California embarked on such an upgrade.

Allen Davison, field operation supervisor for Rowland Water District, said Rowland Water District aims to be a leading utility in the industry by embracing new technology. The upgrade will change a month-long reading cycle to a 24-hour cycle because the meters take readings every 12 hours. When the district completes its conversion in June 2022, a portal will be available for customers to view their water usage and data points.

  • Intro: (0:00)
  • Rowland Water District size, population and flow rates: (0:28)
  • What drive Rowland Water District to upgrade to smart water metering: (1:22)
  • Operational efficiencies gained from smart water metering: (2:02)
  • How to use smart water metering data: (2:50)
  • Customer transparency of water data and usage statistics: (3:40)
  • The next steps for smart water metering for the district: (4:15)
  • Converting from AMR to AMI: (5:08)
  • Public outreach about converting from AMR to AMI: (6:01)
  • Status of the AMR to AMI conversion: (6:32)
  • Using smart water metering for leak detection: (7:01)
  • California water conservation rules: (8:22)
  • Outro: (8:53)

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