Non-revenue water convinces Barbados to deploy smart meters


Barbados Water Authority has selected Itron to minimise water loss throughout the island.

Itron is partnering with Innotech Utilities to replace the utility’s existing mechanical water meters with solid-state Intelis water meters to better monitor water usage.

The new water meters will help Barbados Water Authority to improve the monitoring of its water supply network, as well as decrease non-revenue water through accurate billing and quick detection of leaks during water distribution.

The deal follows Barbados experiencing growing water scarcity due to drought.

The system will help the utility to improve its operations, reduce operational costs and consumer water efficiency.

The meters are equipped with advanced monitoring intelligence, which will alert the utility to potential problems such as tampering and abnormal drops in water pressure.

“As the sole supplier of potable water to the public of Barbados, we recognised the need to develop a programme that would prevent water loss and quickly detect leaks,” said Keithroy Halliday, general manager, BWA. “With Itron’s ultrasonic water meters, we will be able to accurately measure actual consumption and detect leaks for years to come.”