The Texan city, home to 11,000 residents, is working with cleantech integrator Ameresco to install solid-state water meters and an advanced metering infrastructure system.
The City of Bellmead in Texas will be able to more accurately capture metered water consumption and potential increases in water and sewer billing revenues thanks to a smart metering infrastructure improvement project.
The city, home to around 11,000 residents, is working with cleantech integrator Ameresco to install solid-state water meters and an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system.
As part of the new AMI system installation, Ameresco will replace 3,797 water meters throughout the city, as well as recommissioning recently installed meters.
The automation of Bellmead’s billing system will improve meter accessibility issues and reduce billing errors. Customers will also be able to visit a customer web portal that will allow them to see their historical utility consumption data.
“We are deeply invested in improving the day-to-day lives of our community members,” said Yost Zakhary, city manager, Bellmead.
“Our partnership with Ameresco on this metering infrastructure improvement project is only the latest demonstration of our commitment to fostering a sustainable future that’s not only good for the environment, but for our citizens as well.”
The City of Bellmead will also benefit from the improvement of IT infrastructure necessary to manage water consumption and distribution at a more advanced level, as well as strengthen its ability to provide enhanced customer service to the local community.
“The partnership is only the latest demonstration of our commitment to fostering a sustainable future that’s not only good for the environment, but for our citizens as well”
“We’re excited to announce this partnership with the City of Bellmead as [its] leadership takes steps to improve the sustainability of the community,” said Bob Georgeoff, executive vice president, Ameresco.
“Together, we’ll reduce the city’s overall operational costs and address its long-term meter reading operational needs.”
Construction is expected to be completed in early 2022.
The £1.1m project is forecast to provide energy savings of 427,602 kWh per year, equivalent to a carbon saving of 106.2 tonnes per year.
In July 2021, it entered a long-term energy-as-a-service (EaaS) agreement with Northwestern University in Illinois which has a goal of reducing the educational establishment’s greenhouse gas emissions 30 per cent by 2030.
As part of the agreement, Ameresco will provide ongoing energy management and related services, in addition to identifying and implementing energy efficiency upgrade, for the campus’s 175 buildings and central plants.
By utilising the EaaS model, the university said it will be able to tackle its immediate infrastructure capital needs while simultaneously funding these projects over time using energy savings.
EaaS, a service model rising in popularity, allows for energy-related infrastructure improvements to be delivered directly to an end customer with no upfront capital required from the customer.
Founded in 2000, Ameresco’s portfolio includes energy efficiency, infrastructure upgrades, asset sustainability and renewable energy solutions delivered to clients throughout North America and the UK. It recently project-managed the UK’s Ministry of Justice installation of roof-mounted solar to seven courts and three prisons in the Midlands region.