Smart Water Distribution Systems to Conserve Energy and Water Year Two
Municipal water supply pumps consume a large amount of energy and have been shown through field testing to operate at efficiencies of approximately 10% less than their original condition on average. A proprietary technique for the optimal selection of pump combinations has been preliminarily developed and can be applied without any capital improvements to the system, but rather just the implementation of affordable sensing equipment and changes to operational logic of the pumps. The savings potential based on such changes alone is conservatively estimated to be on the order of 5% and up to 10%. This range is similar to what pump refurbishments can be expected to provide to most pumps, albeit at a much higher cost. Given the magnitude of improvement possible relative to the investment required, this approach is expected to result in easy and broad adoption in the industry.