Luqa, Malta and Liberty Lake, WA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — March 24, 2011 – Malta’s Water Services Corporation (WSC) has started taking delivery of 120,000 smart water meters from Itron, as part of a contract that will continue through 2013, the company has announced.
To date, 25,000 water meters and communication modules to be connected to existing Ondeo Systems smart metering solution have been delivered as part of a large-scale smart water grid program managed by IBM.
Malta is faced with the challenge of delivering an affordable, secure water supply to its residents, but it lacks significant natural water resources. Reliable, accurate water metering technology is aimed to provide a foundation for residents to track and manage their consumption activity, ultimately allowing for better management of the water reserves.
The Itron meters are connected to the IBM Information Management System using the automated meter reading solution from Suez Environnement and Lyonnaise des Eaux, through their joint subsidiary Ondeo Systems.
“As a result of this project, Malta will become the first country in the world to build a nationwide smart grid with a fully integrated water system,” commented Marcel Regnier, Itron president and COO – Water. “We are pleased to be a trusted part of the changing landscape of Malta’s water service.”