Townsville City Council is planning to install a smart water metering system using a share of $10 million budget set aside by the Queensland state government for funding water efficiency programmes during the 2017/2018 financial year.
Brad Webb, chairman of the water task force at Townsville, said smart water metering technology will help consumers improve the way they manage their water usage through the provision of real-time water consumption data.
The smart water meters will enable the city to improve management of its water distribution infrastructure and reduce non-revenue water by receiving notifications in the event of water leaks.
In addition to installing smart meters, Townsville plans to deploy a number of programmes to improve consumer awareness on water efficiency and provide its customers with water conservation tips.
Commenting on the need to install smart meters, Webb added: “We are in the dry tropics and we do use more water.” [Australian city partners with local telecoms in smart city pilot].
Smart water metering in India
Meanwhile, Coimbatore Corporation, the civic board governing the city of Coimbatore in the Indian state of Tamil Naidu, plans to develop a roadmap the city will use in installing smart water meters.
According to the Hindu, the roadmap will help the civic board install smart water meters for consumers residing in 14 wards set to benefit from the Area Based Development (ABD) programme of the Smart Cities project.
The smart meters programme will first cover industrial and commercial customers before being deployed to residential consumers.
In total, Coimbatore Corporation will replace some 5,000 existing analogue water meters with smart water meters in the 14 wards set to be modernised under the ABD smart cities project.
The smart water metering system to be installed will enable smart water meters to remotely send consumer water usage data to a server, which then calculates consumer bills and send them to both the city and the consumer.
The system is expected to help Coimbatore Corporation to reduce its operational expenses and corruption associated with manual meter readings as well as eliminate estimated billing.
Coimbatore Corporation is planning to deploy smart water meters in the 14 wards following the unavailability of funds for the governing board to equip all its water consumers in 60 wards with the new advanced water meters.
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