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September 2017

Water Innovations gives Water and Wastewater Engineers and end-users a venue to find project solutions and source valuable product information. We aim to educate the engineering and operations community on important issues and trends.

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behaviors. Their data tools make detailed consumption statistics easily accessible, enabling fast response to inquiries and quick resolution of issues. Finally, the use of cellular endpoints minimizes the need for complicated infrastructure. Such endpoints may be set up to automatically broadcast meter-reading and event data to system software on a predetermined schedule. This information helps identify potential anomalies in water use. Alert conditions can even be created to monitor and notify users of system exceptions, including continuous flow for faster leak detection. Facility operators are able to determine the number and percentage of endpoints reporting with and without issues, as well as view a list of endpoints with reported issues. Benefits To Facility Owners The submetering of commercial and industrial sites, through the refined measurement of water usage, provides the O&M transparency necessary for more efficient management of valuable resources. Furthermore, submetering has proven to drive behavioral change related to conservation efforts. Each of these potential benefits can dramatically improve operational efficiency and sustainability and lead to significantly decreased consumption levels. For facility owners and managers, a detailed record of water system performance data is useful to not only detect malfunctions, but also to focus future design and retrofit activities on the most cost-effective improvements. The specific benefits of deploying advanced submetering technology include: • Fast leak detection • Identification of problematic equipment • Cost reduction via efficiency gains • Recognition and correction of wasteful behaviors • Reduction of risk and liability of major leaks The new breed of flow measurement management systems allows facilities to manage, monitor, and troubleshoot a variety of field-based assets via any web-enabled device while storing data in a cloud-based data warehouse. By integrating remote management, flow measurement, and leak detection capabilities, they are able to provide a comprehensive water management capability for facilities' professionals. Conclusion Water submetering at commercial and industrial sites represents an important first step toward quantifying over time the point sources that can drive resource efficiency and conservation activities. It is an enabling technology with significant potential value in new design or upgrading existing facilities. Today's advanced, cloud-based software solutions are a valuable tool for supplying facilities with real-time water performance data, highlighting variations over time or in comparison to other facilities, providing accurate and real-time information to automation systems, and supporting behavioral and operational changes by facility operators and occupants. n References 1. OECD Global Forum on Environment: Making Water Reform Happen (2011). Water: The Environmental Outlook to 2050 [Data file]. Retrieved from https://www.oecd.org/env/ resources/49006778.pdf 2. FedCenter (2015) [Data file]. Retrieved from https://www.fedcenter. gov/programs/eo13514/ 3. California Department of Water Resources (2010). 20x2020 Water Conversation Plan [Data file]. Retrieved from http://www.water. ca.gov/wateruseefficiency/sb7/docs/20x2020plan.pdf 4. UNESCO. United Nations World Water Assessment Programme [Data file]. Retrieved from http://unesdoc.unesco.org/ images/0022/002257/225741E.pdf10 28 FLOWCONTROL Rob Fehl represents The Water Council — a nonprofit collaborative between public, private, and academic sectors that drives eco- nomic, technology, and talent development in the water industry — through his work at member company Badger Meter, Inc. Rob began his career at Badger in 1991 and is now marketing product manager for the commercial and industrial product line. He earned an associate's degree in mechanical design from Waukesha County Technical College, as well as business and engineering training from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Milwaukee School of Engineering. About The Author wateronline.com n Water Innovations For facility owners and managers, a detailed record of water system performance data is useful not only to detect malfunctions, but also to focus future design and retrofit activities on the most cost-effective improvements. Figure 1. Submetering can address both corporate sustainability goals and rising water costs by monitoring usage levels and implementing water-saving changes to operations.

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