The cost of Metered Water is increasing along with energy and the costs for heavy users is considerable. When you combine this with a degree of inaccurate billing that is widely recognised as unacceptable there is a strong case to implement a Smart Meter program to control and monitor your water usage.
Water billing is made up of several different elements, all of which carry a charge to the user.
Surface Water Drainage:
In the case of surface water drainage, the larger your site is the bigger the cost will be. However, you should only pay for the amount that you discharge into the public sewers. This means that if you have a large open area such as grass, or you have a soakaway, or your run-off flows into a river, lake or the sea, then your bills should reflect this. In practice this is often not the case.
Generally you are charged to drain away the same amount of water that you take in. However, many businesses use water within their production and processes. Cardboard and paper manufacturers, food and drink companies all use water and will not drain away as much water as they receive. It is therefore key to ensure that you are billed accordingly.
How do you know if you have a leak and are paying for water that is simply running away (or worse, undermining your foundations)? Water leaks can cost your business thousands of pounds and are often difficult to deal with. Early detection of a leak can mitigate damage to valuable property and the high cost of repairs and wasted water.
Smart Water Meters
Can help you to identify and eliminate misbilling. Detailed analysis of water usage can be broken down by building, department, tenant, equipment or shift.
Automatic Meter Reading determines usage over time, identifies peaks, compares sites and correlates use with the offending equipment or personnel. It provides leak monitoring and helps leak detection and prevention.
Effective management of resources starts with understanding how you use them. Smart metering service helps you to understand and control your water consumption. Good for the environment and your bottom line.
Water Utility Managers listed the following benefits when adopting smart meters:
Benefits of Smart Water Meters
• Return on Investment typically less than 12 months
• Billing on actual meter readings – reducing water charges
• Rapid rectification of water leaks
• Successful Monitoring and Targeting Programme reduces water consumption
• Measure site against site
• Control cost and manage future budgets