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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. whAT ARE MASTER BY TRACY PUCKETT, WATER CIRCUIT RIDER II 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. 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 distribution system. 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 we do? 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 your utility. 25

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
Wastewater Math
Throwing My Loop
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
VRWA Mailbag
Welcome New Members
Training Calendar
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/

Streamline - Summer 2013