Ottawa, ON—Albuquerque BernalilloCounty Water Utility Authority has won the 2013 CS Week Expanding ExcellenceAward for Best Smart Infrastructure Projectamong utilities that generate less than $400 million in annual revenue.
The Water Authority launched its smart grid projectin 2010 with four goals in mind: encourage further water conservation amongresidents and businesses, meet a state-mandated target of reducing daily per-capitawater consumption to 150 gallons by 2014, streamline operations, and improve customerservice.
To help meet its targets, the Water Authorityimplemented Sensus FlexNext AMI technology alongside
, the meter data management(MDM) and customer engagement solutions from Harris Utilities. The utilitylaunched a trial of its smart infrastructure on 900 meters in 2010. A secondphase that incorporated 40,000 more followed in 2011. The Water Authorityreported significant benefits almost immediately after implementation. It:
identified and repaired water leaks at the homes of eight consumers,
virtually eliminated manual meter reads and in so doing, reduceddata-collection costs and increased bill accuracy,
built a virtual model of its distribution infrastructure to gain aclearer picture of system load and losses, and
met the state-mandated conservation target three years ahead ofschedule.
That’s not all. The Water Authority has drawn onMeterSense and CustomerConnect to improve service to consumers. Customerservice representatives use MeterSense to access account data in real time andresolve concerns from end users in seconds. CustomerConnect helps consumers understandhow changes to their usage habits affect their monthly water bills and learnabout new conservation initiatives created by the Water Authority and the Stateof New Mexico.
“Our smart grid infrastructure has provided us withmany new tools to enhance the way we run our operations and serve ourcustomers,” said Hobert Warren, Northwest Service Area Manager. “It will helpus save money, deliver more accurate bills and encourage users to conservewater. It’s also helping us improve customer service and make better long-termplanning decisions.”
Congratulations from Harris Utilities
This Expanding ExcellenceAward is a feather in the cap of Harris Utilities, whose solutions played a keyrole in helping the Water Authority meet its pre-implementation goals. NormDaigle, ExecutiveVice President of Harris Utilities SmartWorks, the smart grid innovation engineof Harris Utilities that created MeterSense and CustomerConnect, said he iseager to see how the Water Authority builds on its accomplishments.
“The Water Authorityclearly understands its role as a steward of the environment. Its smartinfrastructure is helping the utility build on great successes and protect a vitalnatural resource. The staff and management at the Water Authority deservesincere congratulations for such spectacular achievements, and we at HarrisUtilities look forward to helping them meet even greater and more ambitious goals inthe years ahead.”
About Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water UtilityAuthority
The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water UtilityAuthority is a political subdivision of the State of New Mexico thatadministers the water and wastewater utility for all of Albuquerque andBernalillo County.
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Harris Utilities is the leading provider of utilitytechnology in North America and the Caribbean. Its SmartWorks division is agroup of leading engineers, software innovators and product specialists unitedto develop original and focused applications directly for the smart grid marketthat are easy to implement and most relevant to consumers. Harris UtilitiesSmartWorks’ goal is to create whole new categories of products that willtransform the industry and evolve the smart grid.
Harris Utilities’ smart grid technology includes twokey solutions. The first is
, a scalable, configurableand powerful meter data management (MDM) solution that quickly manages andintelligently interprets growing volumes of critical smart meter data. Thesecond,
, is a customer engagementsolution that gives customers direct, web-based access to account informationand unprecedented insight into resource use which helps utilities demonstratethe value of, and power behind, their smart infrastructure investments.
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