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São Paulo utility deploys tech to reduce 40 per cent water losses

With water losses of up to 40 per cent, Americana’s Department of Water and Sewage wants better insight into operations.

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The Department of Water and Sewage (DAE) in Americana, São Paulo (Brazil) is implementing residential water meters and a new data platform in a bid to reduce water loss and improve visibility into its water system.

 

The utility, which is responsible for 80,000 water and sewage connections in the City of Americana, reports water losses of up to 40 per cent.

 

Measuring and monitoring

 

It is using Itron’s water meters and Water Operations Management platform as part of a plan to reduce the rate of water loss in its distribution system. The deployment will begin in areas with the highest leak rates in the city. Through the residential and volumetric meters, the utility will be able to measure water, adjust pressure and improve system awareness to mitigate water loss.

 

The Water Operations Management platform will securely store data and optimise operations using mapping functionality. To reduce non-revenue water loss, the utility will manage apparent and real water losses through the algorithms and dashboards provided by the platform.

 

"We are pioneering the future of water management for our region."

 

“We are committed to improving our customers’ quality of life, and Itron’s solution will equip us to monitor water loss and meet our loss-reduction goals,” said Carlos Cezar Zappia, managing director of DAE. “Through our water conservation goals and innovative infrastructure investments, we are pioneering the future of water management for our region.”

 

Brazil’s water challenges

 

According to the World Bank, Brazil has between 12 and 14 per cent of the world’s water but it is not evenly distributed 70 per cent is found in the Amazon River and only 1.6 per cent in the state of São Paulo, where a quarter of the nation’s population lives.

 

Brazil has between 12 and 14 per cent of the world’s water but it is not evenly distributed

 

From 2014, Brazil suffered a severe drought affecting the southeast of the country, including the metropolitan areas of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. In São Paulo, the situation was described as the worst drought in 100 years. Rain at the end of 2015 and in early 2016 improved the situation but challenges remain relating to water scarcity and water pollution, compounded by water losses and inefficiencies.

 

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