Water conservation

Upgrade allows Las Vegas Valley Water District to track usage in real time

The Las Vegas Valley Water District is nearing completion with a planned upgrade to its water metering system that will allow the utility to track water use in the Valley closer to real time and conserve some extra water along the way.

The new advanced metering program will allow the water district to receive data from customers’ water meters more often, which it hopes will enable them to respond more effectively and alert customers to leaks. on their property.

“Any additional tools or mechanisms that we can leverage to enable customers to be more conscious of their water use, which inherently increases water conservation on its own,” said Bronson Mack, gatekeeper. -say of the Las Vegas Valley Water District.

The current system used by the Water District, which covers the city of Las Vegas and unincorporated Clark County, sends signals to trucks traveling through neighborhoods on a monthly basis. The new system will instead send data to recently installed antennas that are positioned throughout the valley in places such as the roofs of tall buildings and on lampposts.

Mack said the district is about 85% complete with those facilities and officials expect the program to be operational by spring 2023.

The program was budgeted at around $20 million, but Mack said the district expects to be closer to $17 million when the antenna installation is complete. The program was already funded by local water rates, so there are no additional costs to ratepayers.

Customers will no longer have to worry about replacing their meters. The water district installed the current water meters about eight years ago. These same meters are also capable of transmitting data to the new antennas.

“Nothing happens in the meters themselves. Existing meters are already equipped and ready to operate,” Mack said.

The Water District already has the new monitoring systems in place and operational in some smaller jurisdictions, such as Laughlin, Searchlight and in the community of Kyle Canyon in Mt. Charleston. North Las Vegas began installing similar meters in 2018.

“These systems have been operational for a few years. It’s been just outstanding to get this level of real-time data to help customers,” said Mack.

The new system for the Las Vegas Valley Water District will also streamline other things like starting or stopping water utilities, as it won’t require someone to walk past the meter to take final readings. or first.

Going forward, more real-time data will allow the district to develop a new platform where customers can set triggers and alerts for water usage levels or even set a threshold for the amount of water. water they wish to use.

That dashboard, Mack said, is at least a few years away from launch.

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