Australia's Waverley City Council (Sydney) and Coffs Harbour Council (New South Wales) have contracted water conservation firm Watergroup to improve water management.According to a local publication, WaterGroup is providing the two councils with the company’s smart metering and other water services to reduce non-revenue water and help consumers increase their water efficiency and lower bills.
According to the WaterGroup, an average of 200 billion liters of water per annum is lost through leaks within utility distribution systems in Australia.
The solutions provider has commissioned Reekoh’s IoT integration platform to enable simplified, secure and faster interoperability of smart water metering, data analytics and IoT applications to optimise consumer water efficiency.
The smart meters will help water consumers in Waverly and Coffs Harbour access real time usage data a variety of devices, including mobile, identify water efficiency potentials and help their city councils to improve management of water resources currently being strained by drought affecting Australia.
Guenter Hauber Davidson, the managing director of WaterGroup, commented: “With Reekoh’s interoperability capabilities, it’s easier for our clients to integrate data with their own existing sustainability reporting, workflow and facility management systems – and to realise savings in both water and money.”
WaterGroup claims it has helped its city customers save 300 million liters of water and over $1 million in consumer water bills and councils’ operational expenses over the past 12 months.
Smart meters in Australia
Meanwhile, in the Australian state of Queensland, Townsville city council filed a proposal with the state government to install smart water meters using a share of $10 million budget set aside by the state government for funding water efficiency initiatives during the 2017/2018 financial year.
Commenting on the development, Brad Webb, chairman of the water task force at Townsville, said smart water metering technology will help both the council and its consumers to reduce water and operational costs through improved management of water consumption patterns and distribution infrastructure.
The smart water meters will provide consumers and the city council with notifications in the event of water leaks.
In addition to installing smart meters, Townsville plans to deploy a number of projects to improve consumer awareness on water efficiency and provide its customers with water conservation tips.
“We are in the dry tropics and we do use more water,” added Webb.
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