Jersey Water reaps benefits of water meters


Helier Smith,
Finance Director,
Jersey Water
St. Helier, Jersey — (METERING.COM) — March 6, 2013 – Jersey Water, which is in the midst of an island-wide metering program, is already experiencing the benefits, with total water supplied reduced by 1.9 percent in 2012 compared with 2011 and 3.6 percent on the five-year average, and leakage reduced by 4.5 percent.

Customers are also benefitting, with approximately 59 percent of customers seeing a reduction in their bills since the introduction of metering, said Jersey Water’s finance director Helier Smith, commenting on the company’s preliminary results for 2012.

“Although there is increased variability in our income caused by metering, we are very pleased with the effect that metering is having,” said Smith. “Even though 2012 was a very wet year, the company remains very focused on the future and the effects on water resources of the increasingly unpredictable weather patterns that Jersey is experiencing. With relatively low storage capacity, our metering program is vitally important in minimizing waste and protecting our water resources.”

According to the company statement 3,700 meters were installed as part of the metering program in 2012, bring the number of metered connection to approximately 65 percent. The project is currently ahead of schedule and under budget, continues the statement. This puts the company in a strong position before it starts working in the island’s largest town and capital, St. Helier, where the congestion of utilities in the roadway is expected to slow the rate of installation.