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Monitoring Master Meters
meters, what is their purpose, how do we benefit from them and how will they
assist with accountability? These may be some of the questions that utility owners and operators may ask.
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BY TRACY PUCKETT,
water that is
tanks. They are
rather than the
sale of water.
With aging and failing infrastructure, many
private and public utilities find themselves each
day trying to determine where their unaccounted
water is going. Most utilities know the amount
of water they have produced from their treatment plants, wells or water purchased from a
neighboring utility. However, they have no way
of knowing where it goes after it gets into the
While they do have residential or commercial
meters for water sales, these meters can only
account for the amount of water that has actually went into that particular location. Once the
utility compares water sales to water produced or
purchased, they again are reminded of the never
ending problem, “water loss.” As we all know,
water loss is very costly, especially if the utility
purchases their water. Even being independent in
production the utility must still absorb the cost of
things such as additional chemicals, electricity
and man hours. Once again we find ourselves
searching for answers and wondering what can
While there is no way to completely stop leakage in a distribution system, monitoring master
meters would definitely assist in better accountability. So what is monitoring master meters?
Monitoring master meters measure the water
that is supplied from sources such as treatment
plants, wells and storage tanks. They are designed
for accountability rather than the sale of water.
Collecting data from these meters is the first step
in determining if your system has water that is
unaccounted for. Also these meters can be used
for leak detection purposes at the convenience
of the utility. They may choose to turn off valves
through the system and time the meter rather
than wait for the totals at the end of the month.
Some utilities have installed monitoring meters
throughout their distribution systems. Usually
these meters are installed at the front of subdivisions where the service tap is made at the main
line. Also they are installed in main lines as zones
are created in the system as well.
From the subdivision or zones, customer services are compared to the amount that has gone
through these monitoring meters in that area.
Once you have the totals, you can then divide the
sales into the amount that has gone through the
monitoring meter to determine your water loss.
These meters will eliminate looking for problems
throughout the entire system and help to target the
areas of real concerns. I know in today’s world
there is always the concern of finances and how
to afford these devices. Initially, purchasing and
installing monitoring meters can be stressful
to a budget but you will find that the savings
will offset the cost and in time add revenues to
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Summer 2013
From the President
From the Executive Director
Generators – Learning from the Past
Does the End Justify the Means?
Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet!
How is Serving on a Board of an Organization like Owning a Car?
Monitoring Master Meters
2013 Conference Highlights
OilClean from EcoSolutions Naturally Separates Oil from Water
Choosing a Rate Analyst
Ergs, Joules and Other Stuff
Snug and Smug with Solar Power
Fresh Faces: Joey Fagan
Throwing My Loop
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
Welcome New Members
Board of Directors
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Summer 2013