Course: Addressing non-revenue water with solid state meters

Addressing non- revenue water (1 hour)

Non-revenue water is a persistent challenge among utilities in the US and throughout the world. Nonrevenue water (NRW) is defined as the difference between water produced and water billed. There are two primary ways NRW is manifested:

Apparent loss — Refers to water that has been produced, but not measured. It occurs due to failures in data and billing systems, customer meter inaccuracies and unauthorized consumption.

Real loss — Refers to water that has been produced, but never consumed. This occurs when there is some type of leak or spill, where the water ends up in the ground or in a stream and not with the customer.

This course will primarily address apparent loss and specifically how it can be reduced with metering technology. In the last five years a number of solid state or static water meters have emerged and are gaining acceptance in the industry. Unlike mechanical meters which have been used for over 100 years, solid state (aka static) meters have no moving parts. As commonly recognized the measuring elements of mechanical meters wear over time and reduce meter accuracy, most often resulting in under registration.

Presentation outline:

Non-revenue water
– Definition / sources
– Financial impacts of non-revenue water

Mechanical meters
– Types and uses cases
– Accuracy

Significance of low flow
– Residential metering
– Commercial

Solid state / static meters
– Definition
– Types
– – Electromagnetic
– – Ultrasonic
– Capabilities / advantages over mechanical meters

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The New AWWA C-715 Standard for Electromagnetic and Ultrasonic Meters (1 hour)

In 2018, the AWWA published the C-715 standard for electromagnetic and ultrasonic meters used for revenue billing applications. As with existing standards governing mechanical meters, the C-715 standard provides guidelines to manufacturers and utilities for minimum requirements of these newer meter types. Of most significance are new thresholds for low flows. This plays directly into the problem of apparent water loss as static meters inherently are capable of apparent water loss as static meters inherently are capable of registering ultra-low flows, thereby enabling more granular leak detection and revenue optimization.

Presentation outline:

AWWA C-715 Standard
– Why it matters
– New thresholds for low flow
– Leak Detection
– Revenue optimization

Utility applications for static meters (1 hour)

We will discuss what is required for an AMR and AMI solutions. AMR system only supplies information monthly while an AMI system supplies information continuously. A utility should evaluate which options is best given their size, location and needs. Once a utility has decided to implement an AMR or AMI solution what are the steps to implement a new system into the existing system. There are many new advancements in water metering technology on the horizon. We will touch on some of these innovative new products.

Presentation outline:

– Evaluation criteria
– Replacement strategies

Future Technologies
– Acoustic leak detection
– Pressure monitoring
– Etc.

Learning outcomes that participants will be expected to demonstrate as a result of this training

Operators will gain a better understanding of how to identify water loss and what they can do to reduce water loss in their system. We will be discussing the new AWWA C-715 Standard for Electromagnetic and Ultrasonic Meters. Many utilities still manual read their meters. New smart meters can reduce work load for the utility while providing the utility and the customer with information such as leaks, burst, reverse flow and daily consumption. We will learn from live demonstration on low flow and meter reading for AMR and AMI meters.

Time schedule

The class will be at Spanaway water on November 7th from 8:00 to noon.
8:00- 8:30 – Arrive and sign in
8:35 – 9:35 – Addressing non- revenue water
9:40 -10:40 – The New AWWA C-715 Standard for Electromagnetic and Ultrasonic Meters
10:45 -11:45 – Utility applications for static meters
11:45 – 12:00 – Q&A
Lunch 12:00-1:00 – Demonstration during lunch

Name, address and professional qualifications of instructor and method of instruction used

Presentation will be given using Power Point and hand on demonstration

Warren Ault
245 Hembree Park Dr
Roswell GA 30076
D: +1 708 488 1026

Warren is the North American Product Manager at Kamstrup Water Metering since 2013. Warren has worked in the energy and utility sectors since 1990. He holds degrees from Northeastern University (Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering) and University of California, Berkeley (Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering) and has been a Licensed Professional Engineer in Illinois since 2004.

Doug McClintic
16628 230th SE
Monroe, WA 98272

Static Meter CEU Course Abstract & Out

Doug is responsible for sales and service of Kamstrup meters and reading systems in the Pacific Northwest. Doug has worked in the water utility industry for six years. Prior to Kamstrup he worked in a similar capacity at Badger Meter. Before Badger, he worked in software technology sales for 20 years. Doug holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Oregon State University.

Dean Brown
807 South 364th Street
Federal Way WA 98003

Dean is the Northwest Washington Territory Manager for Correct Equipment. He has worked for Correct Equipment since 2015 and have specialized in water instrumentation and chemical feed. My background in water instrumentation has provided me a better understanding of Smart meters and how they can be
implemented into a utility’s information network. Prior to working for Correct Equipment for he worked for a company that provided chemical feed and filtration equipment where he gained experience working on projects that required a complete solution including instrumentation, chemical feed and filtration equipment.