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Kuwait 'Clamp on' to Tackle Water Woes
Kuwait is one of the most water-scarce regions in the world but at the same time has one of the highest per capita water consumption rates at 500 litres per day. In order to monitor this consumption and develop water management strategies, Kuwait’s Ministry of Electricity and Water have begun deploying innovative water meters.
Working together with an environmental measurement company Bell Flow Systems are undertaking a widespread project to supply and install non-invasive water meters on large domestic properties in Kuwait. With inherent advantages over in-line water meter technologies, the Dynasonics TFX Ultra™ ultrasonic clamp-on flow meters were chosen.
The TFX Ultra™ simply clamps on to the outside of pipes and does not contact the internal liquid, this non-invasive technology means no remedial work needs to be carried out on pipework. Other advantages include zero pressure head loss, no moving parts to maintain and high accuracy. Equipped with Modbus or BACnet communication the meter can be linked to BMS systems or in this case to a bespoke logging & software analysis package, essential for providing a clear picture of the volumes and consumption patterns of water used in Kuwait homes.
The rugged, aluminum enclosure of the TFX Ultra™ ensures a long service life in harsh environments with varying temperatures such as those found in Kuwait. The chosen model featured remote transducers which were positioned on the main water pipe within or around the properties, often located on the roof, these were protected from the elements with a custom enclosure. The transducers were connected to the meter located within the property. The large and easy-to-read LCD display allowing users to view and monitor their water consumption data.
Clean water is a valuable commodity in Kuwait and the ability to monitor its usage is vital in order to educate citizens on water conservation practices and ultimately maintain the nation’s water infrastructure. With a variety of water meters available, Bell Flow Systems can provide the most suitable model for a range of applications.