Canberra and Hobart, Australia — (METERING.COM) — May 25, 2010 – State-wide water metering will be rolled out by Tasmania’s regional water and sewerage corporations, Australia’s federal minister for water, Penny Wong, and the Tasmanian minister for primary industries and water, Bryan Green, have announced.
The project will cost Au$24 million (US$20 million), of which up to Au$10 million (US$8.3 million) will be provided by the federal government, with the balance met jointly by the regional corporations and the state government.
Water meters will be installed at properties that are not currently metered, and existing meters that do not meet the required standard will be upgraded.
“We know that water supplies in our cities and towns are under increasing pressure from our growing population and the emerging effects of climate change,” said Wong. “Installing these meters will result in significant water efficiency savings, and assist in securing Tasmania’s potable water supplies.”
The project is expected to deliver around 8,700 million litres of potable water savings each year.
Minister Green welcomed the federal funding and said it would significantly enhance ongoing efforts by the state to improve its water use and management.
“Tasmania is fortunate in the quantity and quality of our water. But our state recognizes the value of this major resource and is committed to work with all levels of government, industry, and the wider community to continue to identify and implement ways we can improve water use and management,” said Green.
Tasmania has approximately 190,000 water customers, who are served by three regional councils, which took over responsibility for the delivery of water from the councils from July 1, 2009.
Cradle Mountain Water and Ben Lomond Water have indicated that they intend to roll out automatic meter reading (AMR) systems, while Southern Water said it is in the early planning and scoping stages.
The metering is expected to be rolled out 2012-13.