Smarter Water Management in Sonoma County

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Transforming water data into actionable insights

Transforming water data into actionable insights

As populations rise and urbanization trends continue, water utilities are finding it increasingly difficult to meet growing demand for water resources and the growing effects population growth poses to the environment and economy.

The Sonoma County region is the heart of Northern California’s wine country. Faced with issues of water stress, the Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) recognized the need for more information to help make better decisions.

For this reason, SCWA teamed up with IBM to collect and analyze data on water usage, quality, weather and climate, and environmental considerations. This information, gathered in close to real-time, helps the utility identify defective meters by analyzing consumption patterns and helps avoid the high cost of responding to disruptions through the prediction of potential failures. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) estimates that more than one third of water utilities are faced with aging infrastructure. In these utilities, more than 20 percent of the pipelines are nearing the end of their useful lives.

Analyzing this data has allowed Sonoma County to facilitate proactive maintenance and reduce water loss through automatic leak detection and pressure management. It’s also increased energy and monetary savings.

Real-time information helps make better decisions about resource allocation as stakeholders can quickly identify and address specific issues. By better anticipating future demands, including seasonal peaks, information technology and collaborative innovation are helping communities, businesses and governments deal with complex water issues and to set accurate rate prices and target conservation initiatives.

Learn More:
IBM Smarter Water Management
Sonoma County Water Agency
The Water Resources Utility of the Future: A Blueprint for Action