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How Okotoks became North America’s role-model for water consumption

Okotoks
Alberta, Canada
Population: 29,000

[This story is adapted from an article originally written by Doug Peeples for the Smart Cities Council on June 22, 2017]

Okotoks water infrastructure was wearing out and the city favored a water infrastructure modernization project to revamp the way it manages its supply.

Challenge

Okotoks water infrastructure had come the end of its life, and officials realized that there was a need to replace it with infrastructure that was more efficient, and that had greater capabilities. They needed a solution that allow them to detect abnormal water usage sooner, and support water conservation efforts in real-time.

Solution

According to the Smart Cities Council, the town chose the Sensus Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) solution which includes iPERL meters and its Flexnet communications network. This system provides more insights into customers’ water use, and the real-time data makes it possible to address problems and assess usage right away.

Results

Okotoks now has one of the lowest per capita water consumption rates on the continent. This project has helped Okotoks in its sustainability efforts, enabled it to provide real-time assessment and problem solving for customers, and provided enhanced security for water supply technicians.

325

Litres of water consumed daily by a typical Canadian

Involved in this project

Community Partners


Project Resources

Water Conservation, Efficiency and Productivity Plan

Water Conservation, Efficiency and Productivity Plan release by the Town of Okotoks in 2014.

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