Smart Water and Ancient Springs
One of the nice things about being in the water utility business rather than in the electric or gas utility business is that water utilities don’t trace back their history only fifty or a hundred years. Some water utilities we’ve met trace back to the dawn of human urban settlement. That is certainly the case for Hagihon, Jerusalem’s water utility, named after the Gihon Springs. These springs were the main source of water for the inhabitants of ancient Jerusalem while also irrigating the adjacent Kidron valley and providing the city’s inhabitants with food.
To continue ensuring that Jerusalem can continue its thousands of years sustainable water use, Jerusalem’s Hagihon utility is one of the first utilities to have deployed a smart water network using TaKaDu’s water network monitoring solution.
Earlier this week Hagihon and TaKaDu were the joint hosts of a local industry event with Israel’s water utility managers. The event featured a case study of Hagihon’s use of TaKaDu and presented Hagihon’s results: detecting hidden leaks, energy savings, identifying meter issues, water quality monitoring etc.
Hagihon’s general manager, Mr. Zohar Yinon, emphasized that Smart Water technologies are used to improve Hagihon’s overall operations, with an emphasis on maintenance prioritization and customer service improvement by allowing Hagihon to proactively resolve network issues, such as hidden leaks.
Mr. Oded Distel, head of Israel NewTech, who was a key speaker, highlighted the importance of sharing Israel’s water utilities’ expertise with utilities in other countries.
Amir Peleg, TaKaDu’s founder and CEO said that there is no replacement for the continuous dialogue between technology companies and water utilities, to define and resolve the main product and technology needs for the future’s utilities. Amir also thanked Hagihon for its early deployment of the TaKaDu system.