Sep 03, 2021

Combatting Western Drought, Austin Startup Announcing Call to Action & New Tech to Address Extreme Drought & Mitigate Water Loss

Olea Edge Analytics, an intelligent edge computing platform for the water utility industry, issued a call to action to cities across the Western U.S.

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Olea Edge Analytics, an intelligent edge computing platform for the water utility industry, issued a call to action to cities across the Western U.S.

Olea Edge is asking city and county leaders from CFOs to CIOs to directly address the imminent threat of declining water levels by engaging in a 60-day trial of Olea Edge’s proven, data-driven platform. 

According to the press release, these areas facing the impending threat of record-low water levels can immediately benefit from data transparency that allows cities and counties to mitigate water loss.

Every day brings a new headline that reinforces the severity of the drought in the Western U.S.:

  • California reservoirs like Lake Oroville, Folsom Lake, Trinity Lake and Lake Shasta are drying up to record lows;
  • Idaho just experienced its driest March-July stretch in 96 years;
  • Businesses in Mendocino, California, are paying thousands of dollars to bring in water via tanker trucks; And
  • Government forecasters are suggesting severe drought conditions are likely to continue at least into late fall.

These once-in-a-century conditions have created an immediate need for cities to monitor their water use and ensure their resources are allocated effectively. Cities of all sizes have used Olea Edge Analytics to identify flaws in their high-value water meters, prioritize repairs and prevent the loss of millions of gallons of water.

“The conditions out West are heartbreaking,” said Olea Edge Analytics CEO Dave Mackie in the press release. “Regulators feel like they’re running out of options, and city officials are looking for anything that will help them manage their budget, workforce and operations. We believe we can provide the tools to help them get a handle on an emergency situation.”

Large commercial and industrial water meters can lose accuracy by more than 10% in a year, even under normal conditions. Working with Olea Edge Analytics, a Texas city found 9 million gallons of non-revenue water loss in a review of just 20 meters.

Through a combination of blockchain technology, AI and machine learning, Olea Edge Analytics pinpoints trouble spots in a municipal water network. A full suite of sensors monitors and provides advanced analytics for each component in the system. Water use data is validated via Olea Edge Analytics’ patented blockchain architecture from the moment it leaves the meter’s sensors to when it reaches the customer, reported the press release. 

The encrypted data in the blockchain ledger is also distributed across every device in the network, making it more secure and traceable than ever before.

The platform creates a digital twin—a virtual replica of a physical product or system—of every meter on the network. A full suite of sensors monitors and provides advanced analytics for each component in the system.

To learn more about Olea Edge Analytics, click here.

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