A town in Canada has been recognised for investing federal tax funds in replacing ageing water meters with digital models.
The Town of LaSalle has been recognised by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario for directing its federal Gas Tax Fund in a smart water meters project.
The town invested $2.2 million from the tax fund to replace 85% of its water meters.
The aim was to quickly detect leaks and improve billing accuracy, to reduce non-revenues, as well as to provide consumers with real-time usage data to reduce monthly bills.
The fund has enabled consumers to access accounts online and for the utility to improve customer services through quick responses to consumer queries via the internet.
Mayor Ken Antaya, said: “Investing the federal Gas Tax Fund in 10,300 new water meters has led to a better experience for local water customers and a reduction in water loss due to more accurate billing.
“We have also decreased our own costs by bringing the meter reading, billing and collection in-house.”
Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, added: “The Government of Canada is committed to working with Ontario municipalities to ensure they receive the support they need to build strong and vibrant communities.
“The federal Gas Tax Fund gives municipalities like LaSalle the flexibility to invest in infrastructure projects that address local needs and create a more sustainable future for its residents.”