BRK Ambiental - Fixed Network
Supporting the rapid expansion of Brazil’s sanitation network
Serving more than 15 million people in 100 municipalities, BRK Ambiental is the largest private sanitation company in Brazil. As it set out to expand the supply of quality water and sewage services, the company faced numerous obstacles - including a shortage of reliable meters in Brazil.
Following a successful call to tender, Diehl Metering now provides BRK Ambiental with a range of ultrasonic and volumetric meters. Thanks to reduced lead times, the company can continue its rapid growth while reducing Non-Revenue Water. In this way, it is helping to bring genuine change to Brazil’s sanitation network.
- 100 MILLION BRAZILIANS WITHOUT SEWAGE COLLECTION
Among the challenges faced by BRK Ambiental is the lack of access to a sewage system for half of all Brazilians.
- 370 K VOLUMETRIC METERS
The ALTAIR DN15/20 meter adapts to restrictive environments and features built-in scalability for AMI solutions.
- 15 MILLION PEOPLE SERVED IN 12 STATES
- The challenge:
RETHINK METERING TO GROW BRAZIL’S WATER SERVICES
Since it came under new ownership in 2017, BRK Ambiental has committed to improving water services in Brazil, a country where around 50% of inhabitants do not have access to sewage collection.
The company’s ambitious growth strategy consists of improving water supply services, sewage services and industrial water across the country. To achieve this, it faced two key challenges. First, it needed to replace its velocimetric meters with volumetric meters. This would ensure more precise readings, allowing it to address the significant problem of Non-Revenue Water.
- The solution:
VOLUMETRIC AND ULTRASONIC METERS TO TACKLE WATER LOSS
BRK Ambiental launched a Strategic Sourcing project to map the meter market in Brazil and abroad in order to select suppliers with the capacity and ability to meet its needs. Diehl Metering’s first contact with the company was in Sao Paulo in September 2017, when an agreement was signed to install a number of pilot solutions. Over a two-year period, we tested a range of our different water meters and both our Drive-by and Fixed Network systems at different locations in Brazil.
The test period produced convincing results. Thanks to their large measurement dynamic, Diehl Metering’s volumetric meters proved highly efficient.
The initial phase of the contract includes the supply of 370,000 ALTAIR DN15/20 Composite volumetric meters, as well as a large number of our HYDRUS ultrasonic meters.
In the near future, Diehl Metering will also be providing an Advanced Metering Infrastructure, using IZAR RADIO technology to remotely and reliably gather data from the network for powerful data analytics.
The aim is to implement telemetry solutions at strategic customers in order to reduce apparent water loss from inaccurate reading, tampering and collection anomalies. We will also be helping BRK Ambiental to limit physical water loss.
- The benefits:
DRIVING EXPANSION THROUGH WATER AND COST SAVINGS
Operational excellence is one of the key values of BRK Ambiental. That’s why
the company is always looking for partners and technology that can deliver the
very highest quality and efficiency for all its operations.
By ensuring a rapid and constant supply of water meters over the next few years, Diehl Metering is enabling BRK Ambiental to expand Brazil’s sanitation network.
Reduced lead time
Working with our exclusive Brazilian partner SDB Metering, we can anticipate demand to ensure BRK Ambiental always has sufficient inventory to sustain its growth strategy. It also benefits from reduced lead times and a significant improvement in logistics.
Reduction of Non-Revenue Water by 50%
Furthermore, the new volumetric meters ensure the company can more accurately measure leakages – even at very low flowrates. This enables it to significantly decrease Non-Revenue Water and to correct billing accordingly. The net result is a considerable increase in revenue.