Water conservation is the name of the game for the state of California, where persistent drought has made water scarcity a problematic reality. Recently enacted legislation has moved water accountability and water loss management to the forefront of the agenda for over 400 Californian water utilities. The series of water efficiency legislation includes mandates for utilities to uphold restricted water budgets. The provision of the budget has accelerated the advancement and employment of innovative technology to make water systems efficient. Utilities are turning to technological innovation to maximize efficiencies through the procurement of infrastructure data. A growing industry of data driven solutions is growing throughout the state.

Why is data paving the way?

Think of it as how we shifted from land line telephones to SMART phones. Land lines used to be the prime method of communication and were sufficient at the time, as it was all we knew. Now that we have shifted to SMART phones, equipped with internet connections, GPS location and direction apps, real-time information, calendars, traditional communication means, and so on, it is hard to imagine a world without it. How did we ever get by with merely the land line? The same is true with the water industry shift to data driven solutions. Innovative technology now brings the water network online – giving utilities instantaneous access to real-time condition of water assets. Once utilities grow accustom to having daily data, it’s easy to grow dependent on it – in a good way. More than reducing water loss, the data informs daily agendas and maximizes human resources. It acknowledges the value of time, water, and resources, and makes reaching water utility budgets and water loss goals much more manageable and achievable.

In order to maximize water efficiency, and for the utilities to therefore meet budget, it is imperative that they know in real-time the location and condition of infrastructure. The only way to do so is to use technology to generate real-time and consistent data regarding the infrastructure so that in any given moment the utility can take necessary action to prevent or impede water loss. The sooner the utility can act, the better, and the only way to do so is to know what is going on underfoot. Data makes pipe condition visible, by transferring data from underground straight to the cloud.

Matchpoint moves West

Data driven solutions is the way of the now and of the future and is centric in Matchpoint’s philosophy to water management and solution offerings. As Matchpoint’s mission is congruent with the Californian movement, we have moved westward. Matchpoint has recently opened a West Coast office in California to better support and assist utilities across the state in achieving water efficiency goals.

Our West Coast address is:
3111 Camino Del Rio North, Suite 400
San Diego, CA 92108

Contact our West Coast management for any California inquires: simon.wick@matchpointinc.us