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Itron to help improve water efficiency in US city

Itron predicts its technology will save taxpayers an estimated $130,000 to $200,000 per year through increased efficiencies

Water efficiencies for the citizens of Lancaster, Pensylvania
Water efficiencies for the citizens of Lancaster, Pensylvania

The City of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has signed a deal with Itron, an energy management solutions provider, to upgrade the cityís water efficiency and customer service.


As part of the contract, Itron will modernise the distribution system of Lancasterís Public Works Department with a smart water solution. The works department will also deploy the providerís Total Outcomes cloud-based platform to maintain its communications network as well as host its analytics application.


In addition, the city anticipates it will be able to improve water efficiency through detection of residential plumbing leaks. Its initial analysis indicates that the technology will save taxpayers an estimated $130,000 to $200,000 per year.


"The city’s priority is to replace our aging infrastructure so we can avoid water waste and costly repairs. Itronís technology gives us the tools to ensure the efficient delivery of water," said Charlotte Katzenmoyer, director of public works at the City of Lancaster.


"We look forward to benefiting from detailed meter data and analytics to give us better visibility into our system. And with Itron Total Outcomes, we donít have to worry about ongoing hardware or software maintenance."


Lancaster will use a hybrid deployment of mobile and network communications to gather meter data, which will help improve the efficiency and accuracy of meter reading. Itronís team of experts will be responsible for ongoing maintenance of the network.


"By investing in this technology, weíll be able to detect and repair leaks in our water transmission lines, saving city taxpayers from bearing the high cost of dealing with water main breaks," added Rick Gray, mayor of Lancaster.


"The same technology will help our residential and commercial customers identify leaks on their own property, so they can have it repaired and avoid being surprised with a huge water bill."


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