Irish Water’s business customers in Counties Offaly, Longford and Wicklow will receive new meters which have in-built drive-by technology to allow for faster and more frequent meter readings.
This is a move by the utility to eliminate estimated water billing.
The automated meter reading system will provide the utility with data which will be used to identify potential leaks at business premises.
The smart meter rollout is being implemented free of charge to consumers.
Water supply to businesses will be temporarily shut-off for approximately 15 minutes while the water meter is being replaced, however Irish Water will endeavour to keep the length of this water outage to a minimum. Businesses will receive a reminder notification at least two days before the work is scheduled to begin and the project team will speak to the customer directly before interrupting supply.
The Regional Meter Replacement Programme was launched late last year and is currently ongoing in Donegal, Limerick, Sligo, Roscommon, Galway, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan and Kilkenny.
The initiative forms efforts by the utility to modernise its water distribution network.