Azusa, California municipal utility picks Sensus for AMI

Azusa Light & Water, Azusa, California’s municipal utility, is upgrading its infrastructure with the latest smart metering technology.

As part of its continued effort to improve essential services, the utility board recently approved a contract with Sensus, a Xylem brand, to upgrade ALW’s metering infrastructure with an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) solution.

ALW provides electric and water services to the City of Azusa, and water to portions of the surrounding cities of Glendora, Covina, West Covina and Irwindale.

The AMI project will include the replacement of about 23,000 water meters and about 16,000 electric meters. ALW will use Sensus iPERL water meters and the FlexNet communication network, an advanced, two-way system offering point-to-multipoint functionality and secure, reliable data transmission.

The software applications that comprise the AMI solution will be fully managed offsite through Sensus Managed Services. This approach to project deployment reduces operational and maintenance costs and allows the utility to focus on using the applications to better serve customers.

ALW management expects substantial operational benefits and improvements in customer service once the project is completed. The benefits will include faster start or stop for utility service, faster electric and water meter readings and faster power restoration following unplanned outages. Customers will be able to view their energy or water usage online and, because the project will help control utility costs, customers will continue to enjoy low-cost utility services from Azusa Light & Water.

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