While meters are a technically simple asset of the water distribution system, the number and the diversity of them that forms the meter fleet is a more complex structure.
For the benefits of customers and water authorities, this infrastructure needs to be managed from a whole of life perspective which requires various activities to be carried out from assessment of the asset condition to optimised renewal programs and appropriate ongoing monitoring.
There are a number of drivers for water authorities to ensure efficiency of their meters' fleet which include, in particular, compliance with Australian standards and regulatory requirements and increased revenue from water sales.
Veolia Water has developed an empirical approach supported by sophisticated statistical tools and state of the art bench tests.
Some of the key features of the Veolia Water approach to meter management include:
- Preliminary analysis and establishment of client specific issues and objectives
- Application of advanced Veolia Water developed software for selection of meter populations, sub-classes and samples. The random sampling function of the software not only ensures that meters are selected at random, but that sample sizes will be optimal for subsequent analysis and decision making
- Extensive testing in a state of the art laboratory to establish meter efficiencies
- Detailed analysis of the client meter database to identify missing or erroneous data resulting from either data collection gaps, stuck, broken or old meters, as well as identifying other invalid data
- In-situ consumption using data loggers
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