New Mexico utility picks Sensus AMI technology for advanced metering

Raleigh, N.C., April 28, 2011 — The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority has selected Sensus as the communications network provider for an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) program.

The utility will deploy the Sensus FlexNet communications network across its service territory and retrofit all commercial meters with smart endpoints to boost operational efficiency and support water conservation programs in the metro Albuquerque area.

The Water Authority will use the FlexNet communications network, which is based on open standards, to provide fixed-base remote meter reading for about 850 commercial customers located throughout its service area.

Sensus offers a reliable, flexible communications infrastructure that can be quickly deployed and easily expanded in the future. Utility officials anticipate that installation will be complete by September 2011, at which time customers with radio-equipped meters will have access to their water consumption data via an online portal.

The commercial meters included in the first phase of the program represent customers that make up 13 percent of water demand and provide 20 percent of utility revenue. In January 2012, the Water Authority will begin planning the second phase of the program to expand AMI service to about 200,000 residential meters.

Albuquerque is a recognized leader in water conservation and in 2008 completed construction on the San Juan-Chama Drinking Water Project, which for the first time has made surface water transported from the Colorado River basin the primary source of water for the metro Albuquerque service area.

The AMI program will help support the conservation goals of the project, which calls for an eventual reduction in Albuquerque's per capita water usage to 155 gallons per day. Water Authority officials will analyze data gathered by the FlexNet system to better understand demand and usage and detect leaks in the distribution system.

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