City of Seabrook to save $50,000 annually with smart metering system

The City of Seabrook, Texas, has embarked on a water metering improvement project to replace the city’s ageing infrastructure.

Renewable energy company Ameresco was selected to install more than 4,100 solid-state meters across the city and an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system.

Consumption data

According to Ameresco, when mechanical meters age, their accuracy degrades as well, which results in the under-reporting of consumption data. Currently, Seabrook reports it replaces existing water meters and accessories on an as-needed basis. By replacing the water meters proactively, it will restore accuracy to the City’s reporting data.

The improvement of meter accuracy and long-term sustainability will enable Seabrook to better capture lost water that may have previously gone unmetered. Following implementation of the proposed upgrades, Ameresco claims Seabrook will realise annual cost savings of more than $50,000.

“Working with Ameresco has been a truly refreshing experience. [Its] team continues to be committed to enhancing sustainability in our city and making our infrastructure as accurate and as cost-effective as possible,” said Kevin Padgett, director of public works.

“We thrilled to work with this team implementing cutting-edge solutions that will benefit Seabrook for years to come.”

The planned upgrades will provide the City of Seabrook with a variety of benefits including enhanced customer service support to local community members, as well as a reduction in overall operational costs and an increase in IT infrastructure support at a more advanced level.

“By helping the City of Seabrook reduce its spending, we can ensure that the city has the resources necessary to reinvest their time and energy back into better serving the surrounding community. It’s been such a pleasure to work with a group that is so committed to fostering a sustainable future for all,” added Bob Georgeoff, executive vice president, Ameresco.

Construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021 and the new water smart customer portal will launch by spring 2022.

Founded in 2000, and headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts, Ameresco is a cleantech integrator and renewable energy asset developer, owner, and operator. Its portfolio includes energy efficiency, infrastructure upgrades, asset sustainability and renewable energy solution delivered to clients throughout North America and the UK.

Ameresco’s sustainability services in support of clients’ pursuit of net zero include upgrades to a facility’s energy infrastructure and the development, construction, and operation of distributed energy resources.

The company reports it has completed energy saving, environmentally responsible projects with federal, state, and local governments, healthcare and educational institutions, housing authorities, and commercial and industrial customers.