Think about it…people brush their teeth every day. At least I hope they do, and please more than once! This mundane task might not seem like an area of huge revenue impact for water utilities and municipalities. But think again.
Rinsing a toothbrush before brushing causes a burst flow. In my household, which has 4 family members, we should be creating at least 8 of these per day by brushing our teeth. I’ll be honest, with two children ages 13 and 8, I would guess it’s more like 6 bursts on a good day. A VERY good day. Over the course of a week, we would create at least 48 burst flows. Think of the impact beyond one household and add in other burst flow tasks like rinsing a razor.
Water use equals revenue and every drop counts. So what if your meter isn’t measuring every drop? How do you know?
What did the research conclude?
- While burst flows are small volumes, they add up over time. The result could be a significant revenue loss that not all meters are able to measure.
- Electromagnetic meters, like ally® and iPERL®, were basically unaffected by burst flows.
- Ultrasonic meters may frequently misread burst flows.
So what should water service providers do?
- Read the study
- If you don’t have electromagnetic meters, don’t panic! Burst flows most likely won’t break the bank. Look at the impact based on number of meters and do some math to find the potential revenue loss.
About the Author
Sara Jones is the Marketing Communications Manager for Sensus Smart Water strategy. She is a creative marketer with more than 20 years of experience in the B2B technology space. Prior to joining Sensus, she managed marketing campaigns and events for software companies such as SAS and Red Hat.
Sara holds B.S degree with a major in Political Science and a minor in United States Legal Systems from the State University of New York at Potsdam. She loves finding new ways to reach customers through modern marketing approaches, but not as much as spending time with her two children. Three if you count her husband. Her time is split between soccer fields, gymnastics mats, horse corrals and work!More Articles by Sara