Global smart energy technology company Itron signed a MoU with Egyptian engineering firm El Maasara for the development of smart water meters in the country.The collaboration aims to improve water management through quick detection of water leakages and correct water billing necessitating the development of smart water meters tailored to conditions found in Egypt.
The agreement is one of the many projects signed to address the country’s water landscape during the recent state visit by French president Francois Hollands to Egypt.
[quote] In a press statement, Mathias Martin, Itron vice president of non-revenue water solutions commented: “Efficiently and resourcefully managing water resources and effectively reducing water losses is vital for Egypt.
"The cooperation initiated with El Maasara through the signing of this memorandum can expand Itron’s presence and significantly contribute to our industrial footprint in this key Middle Eastern country,” added Martin. [Africa needs local partners to accelerate IoT – Cisco].
Abdel Moniem Hendawi, chairman of El Maasara Engineering Industries reiterated: “Our goal is to demonstrate that the level of water losses in Egypt can be significantly reduced, thus contributing to better use of water resources and also improved economic conditions of water utilities.
Itron in water AMI developments
The news follows Itron's announcement in early March that it has completed a water automated metering infrastructure (AMI) project in the Ramallah and Al-Bireh Governorate of Palestine.
In a press statement, Itron said that it successfully deployed its AMI system in Palestinian non-profit organisation Jerusalem Water Undertaking’s (JWU) water system network.
The metering company claimed that its deployed solution including smart water meters will help JWU to improve its operational efficiency including accurate water billing and reduction of non-revenue water through enhanced leak detection.
In addition, JWU was supplied a high-end cold water test bench for meter verification and professional testing of accuracy.
Abdel Khaleq Karmi, general manager at JWU, said: “Water resources in Palestine have long been characterized by great obstacles, including constant water shortages.
"Our community saw the need for advanced technology to balance water supply and water demand, ensuring an equitable share of available water quantities for all.”
JWU operates a distribution network covering 870km and consisting of over 280,000 residential and commercial metering points in the central urban area of Ramallah & Al-Bireh Governorate, 48 surrounding villages and refugee camps, as well as the northern part of Jerusalem.
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