Conservation through Calibration and Communication

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To effectively manage a water resource, one must be able to quantify it. For appropriately constructed flow measurement structures, the level of practical and technical understanding of the operations and maintenance personnel often controls the difference between accurate and inaccurate flow measurement. In addition to accurate discharge data, another key element to effective water resource management is the availability of the data in real time. As part of a case study, the flow measurement structures associated with a local water distribution system were inspected, evaluated, and corrective actions recommended, where appropriate, to improve flow measurement accuracy. Telemetry communications systems were also installed making the data available real time via the Internet. This paper presents the results of this case study, including the findings, corrective actions, and training provided. Keywords: flow measurement, telemetry, flumes, calibration, real-time data.

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