Wednesday 3:00 PM
Distribution - Potable
Smart Metering is Metering Smart First
Automated reading technologies offer a lot of sizzle, but we cannot forget the steak - the water meter itself. As the utilities cash register, inaccurate meters undermine the financial viability of the utility leading to customer inequities and higher rates. Meters require timely routine maintenance to maximize performance, while minimizing costs. Preventative approaches like testing and replacing based on meter age or usage may no longer be reliable indicators. This presentation will focus on the value of an effective meter asset management program and review tools and techniques to maximize accuracy and replacement schedules.
Moderator: David Said
Kenneth Molli - Veolia Water North America
As Director of Metering Initiatives, Ken assists water utilities with implementing reading automation and metering operations improvement projects. Ken has 35 years of water utility industry experience including consulting with water utilities on planning and implementing reading automation projects, providing AMR/AMI installation and meter replacement services, and meter/AMR manufacturer marketing and business development. Ken has provided consulting and installation services on some of the largest AMR/AMI and meter replacement projects in the US including DCWater, City of Chicago, City of Houston and others amounting to over 2 million meter installations. Ken served twelve years with two municipally owned water utilities responsible for budgeting, business process improvements, rate-setting and performance management systems.
Ken is a member of the AWWA Meter Standards Committee, the Illinois Section Water Efficiency Committee and Utilimetrics. Ken has a Master’s in Public Administration specializing in Municipal and Fiscal Administration from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio University majoring in Government and Economics.