The Village of Buffalo Grove announced plans to expand their water distribution system monitoring program with Aquify to gain more visibility of their system and proactively reduce water loss. The strategic decision to enter a second phase of sub-dividing their largest zone follows a series of successful water conservation outcomes including avoiding potentially costly leaks and curbing unauthorized use of hydrants.
Over the past year and a half, Buffalo Grove and Aquify have installed 10 zone meters into strategic locations in the Village’s water distribution system. The flow meters allowed the village’s system to be split into four hydraulically distinct zones (also known as District Meter Areas or DMAs). Data from Aquify’s flow meters and pressure sensors, and the Village’s pump stations, and other Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) assets are integrated into Aquify’s advanced analytics software and Exelon’s Network Operation Center for 24/7 monitoring and data trend analysis. Aquify’s insights provide the Village with predicted and actual flow and pressure data to identify leaks and unauthorized water use and reduce non-revenue water.
Expansion Focuses on Largest Zone with Highest Concentration of Water Consumers
The expansion, which is expected to be operational by March 1st 2021, will split the Village’s central zone into two new DMAs. The central zone is the largest of Buffalo Grove’s four zones and has the highest number of water consumers. It is also located in an older section of town that has a higher likelihood for more leaks.
Buffalo Grove public works crews and Aquify contractors will install six additional flow and pressure sensors into the live water pipes. After installation, Aquify will maintain the new meters, communications infrastructure, and software while also providing monitoring and analysis of the newly subdivided DMA and the newly installed sensor parameters. The Village also maintains access to the TaKaDu cloud-based analytics software used by leading utilities across the globe.