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Ultrasonic Flow Meter Reduces Water Company’s Drain [Case Study]


May 23, 2012

Ultrasonic Meters Installed


The Carmel Riviera Mutual Water Company believed it was losing big. Historical estimates indicated that more than 30% of this small, independent water company’s production was going down the drain through leaks, waste, evaporation and other types of loss. The company budgeted almost $60,000 per year in initiatives to reduce these leaks, including labor and materials for surveys and expensive repairs.

Wayne Daniel, head of operations at Carmel Riviera, decided it was time for better measurement and overall operational efficiency. When he contacted us, we recommended our affordable InnovaSonic® 205i, a digital ultrasonic flowmeter with clamp-on versatility that now helps the water company:


  • Accurately measure water-loss percentage

  • Improve production efficiency

  • Improve water quality by reducing backflush

  • More accurately bill users by identifying overusers.


After six months of using the ultrasonic flow meter, Daniel and his team learned their actual loss rate was only 12% of their production. The improved production and usage figures from the InnovaSonic enabled the water company to significantly reduce its annual maintenance and operations budget and target other important issues, like water conservation.Daniel says, “Implementing the InnovaSonic flow meter was not only an important step in making Carmel Riviera a more productive plant, but it’s also helping us drive water conservation.”

All of Sierra’s ultrasonic flowmeters are available for sale online with immediate shipment.


John, Chief Engineer
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John, Chief Engineer
Sierra Instruments

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