In conversations with the industry and at Smart Energy International’s events the focus on water metering – and smarter water metering in particular – is becoming ever greater. This is not surprising though; like in the electricity sector, there is an ever greater need to better manage this resource.There also is the potential for a water utility to share a common infrastructure with the neighbouring electric utility over a service region: an issue that has been much talked about but clearly has obstacles – mainly institutional – to overcome to make it work. However, according to a discussion at the recent Smart Energy Canada event, once consumers start perceiving the value of the “smart” infrastructure – the smart metering and smart grid – then their “push” will come.

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