You wouldn’t buy a typewriter in 2021, would you? Of course not, because a PC, Mac, or even your cell phone far exceeds anything you can accomplish with a typewriter. So, why stick with your old meters — which, despite having a long lifespan, accumulate more and more issues as they age — while upgrading to solid-state measurement eliminates the issues and brings so many additional advantages? After all, meters drive your revenue flow.
With mechanical meters, the accuracy drops off big time as they near the end of their life, and your utility ends up with more non-revenue water because of it. Large mechanical meters often don’t even “see” the low flows at all. Sure, it may be a daunting consideration to change out all of your city’s or town’s water meters, the change is worth it right now, and in the long run. Here’s why…
Solid-state water meter measurement takes place without any moving parts. Zero. That means there’s nothing to wear down over time, so your water meters maintain peak accuracy throughout their lifetime. AWWA standard C715 covers the requirements for solid-state meters, which are more stringent than those for mechanical meters. Basically, the AWWA standard is saying, it’s a better meter! Take your utility from “that’s how we’ve always done it” to “we are a utility of the future.”
Solid-state water meters, including ultrasonic, are better at both low flow and high flow. We used to have to consider the various nuances of whether a turbine, compound, or fire service compound meter was needed for an application – now you have all of that in one solid-state meter. No more guessing or wondering.
And that’s not all… the constant stream of data from solid-state meters drives the digital transformation of your utility. You can go from passive to active in your community by providing your customers with tools such as leak detection and water use monitoring. You will be providing them value-added services. All that data comes about because the solid-state meter is able to continuously record water measurement more often and more accurately than anything a mechanical meter will do. Have we mentioned yet that ultrasonic measurement is the best meter technology around?
It’s time to unleash the power of the solid-state meters. Master Meter is the first meter company with a unified technology offering for both residential and commercial solid-state meters. With more than 50 years of meter experience, we know meters and how meter data will transform your business into a utility of the future. Our team is made up of leaders in the industry who contributed to the establishment of the AWWA C715 standard in 2018, and we continue to work with the committee on future revisions.
Master Meter Sonata Residential and Octave Commercial Ultrasonic Water Meters are the best in the industry. Sonata meters come with low flow accuracy starting as low as 0.03 GPM (gallons per minute), and Octave meters have extended low flow accuracy at 0.25 GPM. Not only that, but these amazing meters coupled with powerful AMI communications (advanced metering infrastructure) and MDM (meter data management) software, such as Master Meter’s Allegro AMI and Harmony MDM, transform your capabilities as a utility.
Internally, you can respond to customer inquiries with increased speed and accuracy. Externally, you can enhance the customer experience with water data management via a customer portal, monthly water budgeting, and timely leak detection.
When you select Master Meter ultrasonic meters, you are investing in a bright future for your utility by eliminating headaches down the road and gaining the ability to provide your customers with deeper insight into their water use. So, what are you waiting for? Become a utility of the future!