North Oggen, Utah (ABC 4) In 2014, North Ogden City began investing more than $ 1 million to upgrade its water meter system. By 2020, the city had installed more than 6,700 new meters. Today, as Utah continues to look for ways to save water, city officials are realizing the value of the new system.
In North Ogden, the city can monitor water use every time someone takes a shower or turns on the kitchen faucet. The city only has cooking water.
The city’s new meter system allows it to monitor water consumption from a tenth of a gallon to a minute. The new meters are products from Master Meter, Allegro Tech. They use the cell service to send the signal to the city and then get the information to a computer program called Harmony.
Water operator Ryan Carter simplifies, “So, basically it’s the same way your cell phone reads. It simply transmits. We have a base station near North Ogden DVD and this (holds a small black device) distributes your information and then sends it back to your computer.
With the base station, the information was sent from a few repeaters set up in the city to make it easier for all water meters to pass the information. Frequents are small and make it difficult for them to sit on the street lights.
In the past, water operators roamed the streets once a month to collect information on radio transmissions. He drives the sign from the water meters while driving the work vehicles. This takes about three days. It is now done daily and automatically.
This will make the city more efficient in catching streams. Carter adds: “If water flows in this direction (about one meter) continuously for 12 hours continuously, we will be warned.
When this happens, the city will be able to monitor the water consumption of a specific domestic worker on an hourly basis. If the information shows a potential leak, the city will send water meters for physical checks. If the meter is on an unusual water use design, the water service will leave a warning on the house along with a list of possible checks. If a landlord cannot find the problem, the operators return home.
“We help them out there and find a plumber,” said Dian Hall of Water Operator.
Hill explains that the leaks are usually small, easy to fix. We get a lot of toilets ዎቹ The arrowheads do not close the tank. “Wrong toilets cost more than 140 gallons a day,” he said. With the old water meter system, the city could not hold sewage until more than 3,000 gallons were wasted.
The idea is to catch up in a few days.
If the spill is a bit big, Hill says it will be even worse. “Instead of using water all that month and wanting to pay an extra 15,000 gallons of water, we are there and there are only hundreds of gallons of water, so they don’t see any real impact on their bill and they have to find a solution. ”
City officials say this will not only reduce accounting but also save water during the drought. “Water is a precious commodity and I think we all need to work harder to protect it now,” Carter added.