OKLAHOMANS PROJECTED TO BENEFIT
ESTIMATED PROJECT DURATION
The purpose of the project request is for the Lone Grove Water Trust Authority to transition all residential and commercial water customer meters to smart meters. New meter that have advanced ultrasound technology. We currently have an estimated 152 commercial and 1640 residential water customers. These metes service a population of 5000. Currently we have meters that are outdated, broken, may contain lead, or not reading properly. For the Trust Authority to be able to service our customers better, we must take action to prevent further revenue loss. The meters we plan to install will read 99% accuracy and can be read from a handheld electronic device such as a cell phone or tablet. Readings are sent to the receiver using a radio frequency signal even when the meter box is covered by debris, vehicles, or full of water from rain or snow. Smart metering will eliminate recurring minimum billing. Accounts will be more accurately billed and will drastically eliminate hours keying in readings and the need for re-reads. The meters have built in technology to detect water leaks in the homes and technology to notify of the water trust so that water loss will be lowered. Funds from the state will allow us to finish the project.
Oklahoma Rural Water Association did a leak detection for the Lone Grove Water Trust Authority on November 2019. The report showed our system had a considerable amount of real loss. One of the greatest concerns was the customers water meters. Some of our water meters are 20 years old. Over time meter fail to register the actual water flowing through the meter.
Lone Grove has been impacted by the pandemic with job losses, virtual schooling, social distancing, and companies transitioning positions to work from home and higher prices at retail stores and grocery stores. Smart water metering systems will help decrease non-revenue water by capturing and sharing water consumption date more frequently, monitoring rate of flow, identifying reverse flow and sending alerts at the first sign of a problem. Additional smart water meters capture additional flow through their extended low flow accuracy.
The Water Trust has already install smart meters. Smart metering is a effective way to charge the customer using water. During our billing process the software will print reports to reflect accounts that show inconsistencies, such as non-read meters and meters with more than normal usage. Smart meters have no internal moving parts and therefore maintain their reading function. Smart metering is accurate, dependable and provides valuable data.
ONGOING INVESTMENT AMOUNT
ONGOING INVESTMENT DESCRIPTION
ONGOING INVESTMENT REQUIRED
Able to continue operation without additional funding from the State of Oklahoma
Investments in Water, Sewer, and Broadband
Drinking water: Other water infrastructure
FEDERAL GRANT AMOUNT
FEDERAL GRANT DESCRIPTION
Municipal government entity
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