San Bruno implements smart water network to combat drought

By on August 10, 2015
San Bruno implements smart water network to combat drought

With Californians facing one of the most severe droughts on record, the City of San Bruno is taking its conservation efforts and stepping it up a notch. “Free low-flow shower heads, bathroom and kitchen faucets and water-saving landscaping classes and rebates are a good start, but we need to do more,” Jim Burch, deputy director of public works for the City of San Bruno said in a statement released last week.

San Bruno already limits outdoor irrigation to two days a week. In addition to that, the city will implement the Sensus smart water network for real-time system monitoring. The system will enable the city to better detect water leaks and conserve resources. Using the Sensus FlexNet®communication system, iPERL™ meters, Software as a Service (SaaS) and the Logic data analytics software platform, San Bruno can better manage and account for each drop of water in its system.

“Regulating water use is just one step in the process of mitigating the current drought and creating a long term solution to the water scarcity issue in California,” said Burch. “What will ultimately make the difference is technology.”

The Sensus FlexNet system is a long-range radio network that utilizes licensed spectrum to provide a scalable, upgradeable and reliable communications infrastructure that enables smart water networks and smart cities. The Sensus iPERL water meter captures the lowest flows and maintains measurement accuracy for their 20-year lifetime. SaaS saves money and IT resources.