Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces

KPI analyses, geospatial maps and auto alerts used to detect, identify and repair leaks quickly

Published on 12-Dec-2013

"This is a real game-changer… not only from the standpoint of savings and diagnosing problems more efficiently but also because the savings can be put toward developing the system and taking care of other needs in the community." - Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces

Customer:
Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces

Industry:
Government

Deployment country:
United States

Solution:
Smarter Planet

IBM Business Partner:
Partner Sensus, Partner Esri

Overview

Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department operates and maintains the third-largest county park system in the United States, comprising 263 parks and more than 12,800 acres of land spread across 2,000 square miles.

Business need:
This park system, the third-largest in the United States, was using roughly 360 million gallons of water per year at a cost of about USD5 million. Officials correctly suspected that some of the cost was due to leaks and water waste resulting from an aging infrastructure. Finding the exact location of a leak, however, and diagnosing the problem was extremely labor-intensive and costly.

Solution:
The department deployed a solution that tracks and monitors water use by collecting hourly consumption data from smart water meters.

Benefits:
Once it fully deploys the solution and through the use of more efficient water management practices, the Miami-Dade County Parks department estimates savings of USD860,000 per year, or 20 percent, related to reduced water costs.

Case Study

The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department operates and maintains the third-largest county park system in the United States, comprising 263 parks and more than 12,800 acres of land spread across 2,000 square miles. Its recreational areas cater to a residential population of nearly 2.4 million people and range from small neighborhood playgrounds to large regional parks with revenue-generating facilities such as golf courses, tennis centers and nature preserves.

The Opportunity
This park system, the third-largest in the United States, was using roughly 360 million gallons of water per year at a cost of about USD5 million. Officials correctly suspected that some of the cost was due to leaks and water waste resulting from an aging infrastructure. Finding the exact location of a leak, however, and diagnosing the problem was extremely labor-intensive and costly.

What Makes It Smarter
The department deployed a solution that tracks and monitors water use by collecting hourly consumption data from smart water meters. If, when analyzing data against key performance indicators (KPIs), the system detects a consumption spike or irregularity, it issues an alert so that operators can drill down to the meter level, investigate causes and dispatch repair crews quickly.

Real Business Results
Once it fully deploys the solution and through the use of more efficient water management practices, the Miami-Dade County Parks department estimates savings of USD860,000 per year, or 20 percent, related to reduced water costs. Officials also anticipate savings of USD189,895 per year
by proactively repairing leaks when they occur and, therefore, wasting less water. What’s more, the department now knows about leaks within hours, which helps park managers and crews respond to and repair leaks
95 percent faster than before.

For More Information
Please contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner. Visit us at ibm.com.

To learn more about Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and
Open Spaces, visit www.miamidade.gov.

Products and services used

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Software:
IBM Intelligent Operations for City Management

Service:
Software Services for Smarter Cities & Financial Operations

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