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Blogger - Sharon Fraser

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The Council welcomes Sharon Fraser to our team!  Sharon is available part time to answer member questions about water conservation program design or implementation, and use of the Council BMP reporting application. 

She recently retired from the El Dorado Irrigation District after more than 25 years of service, including eight years as the district’s water conservation coordinator. 

Sharon’s blog will offer insight and advice on water conservation program implementation, as well as feature new and successful conservation programs from Council members around the state.  We welcome you to send Sharon questions.  Send your email to asksharon@cuwcc.org.  

Watch for an online request form coming soon to this page to assist you in sending your questions to Sharon.

 

A Blog About Water Conservation & Efficiency for Council Members


Things you should know about the Metering with Commodity Rates - BMP 1.3

Thursday, October 15, 2015
This blog will cover common questions concerning this BMP, and also clarify some data requirements. As you should be aware, having metered connections, and billing the volume of water used with a commodity charge, provides a price signal that encourages customers to conserve water. Meters are also a tool that can be used to assist with leak detection on the customers-side of the meter. Regardless of whether your agency has been metered for decades or recently installed meters, you will want to complete the form thoroughly and correctly, as it’s one of the required Foundational BMPs. To help you accomplish this, please read the information provided below.

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Smart Meter Installations at the Long Beach Water Department

Friday, October 09, 2015

Water meters that transmit readings to a networked system are becoming more common place in California, as water agencies install “Smart Meters” with Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) projects. Perhaps less common though, is a recent program implemented by the Long Beach Water Department. There, customers either voluntarily requested the installation of a Smart Meter, or they involuntarily received one because of abnormal water use. But, no matter the reason for installing Smart Meters, it’s what you do with the data that can make the installation of a Smart Meter a wise investment for a water utility. In this week’s blog, I write about some thought-provoking outcomes with the Long Beach program that I received from Dean Wang, water conservation specialist with the department.

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