Smart water metering for Singapore

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Large-scale smart water metering will be deployed in Singapore, exploiting the electricity advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) already in place.

The rollout by SP Services, a subsidiary of the state energy company SP Group, will see 300,000 smart water meters deployed to households and businesses in seven locations across the island starting in early 2022.

SP Group will develop and set up the wireless communications network and supporting IT systems for the retrieval and management of water meter data.

The company also will also be responsible in the S$123.7 million (US$93 million) contract for the operations and maintenance of the smart water metering system for 15 years, including operations support, cloud-hosted system maintenance, metering field services and network communications services.

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“In deploying a smart water metering system for Singapore, SP Group is building on our track record in establishing and operating our nation’s island-wide smart electricity metering system,” says Group CEO Stanley Huang.

“We are well-positioned to enhance the value of services to customers and contribute to advancing Singapore’s smart nation initiative across all utilities services.”

The nature of Singapore and the common provider present an ideal opportunity to exploit the existing electricity smart metering infrastructure for the smart water deployment.

The smart water meters will connect wirelessly to SP’s existing AMI to transmit meter information. SP also anticipates the potential to leverage the AMI network to scale up future deployment of the smart water meters.

As of March 2021, SP had installed more than 500,000 smart electricity meters across Singapore and is on track to complete the installation for all 1.4 million households by 2024.

As smart metered electricity customers can, smart water meter users will be able to access near real-time consumption data to manage their water usage.

The seven locations are Bukit Batok, Hougang, Jurong West, Tampines, Tuas and new towns Tampines North and Tengah.