The Virgin Islands' Water and Power Authority approved a proposal filed by the District of St. Croix to develop automated metering infrastructure for its water division.In a press statement, the energy and water regulator said it gave the District of St Croix the permission to purchase some 3,000 new ultrasonic water meters developed by Badger Meters.
The AMI water meters will be purchased using a $380,000 grant secured from the US Environmental Protection Agency.
The smart water meters are expected to help the district reduce its maintenance costs through the provision of real-time insights on how its water distribution assets operate.
The Virgin Islands is a US territory in the Carribean Islands and will use the system to eliminate manual meter readings and improve revenue collection through accuracy in water billing.
To reduce the total costs of the project, the District of St Croix will integrate the AMI water meters with its existing smart meter communication infrastructure used for connectivity of smart electric meters.
Advancing metering infrastructure
Meanwhile, the Indian municipality of Shimla started the installation of smart water meters for its residential and commercial customers.
According to the Indian Times, the municipality is installing some 22,000 smart water meters for residential customers and 7,000 units for commercial consumers.
The smart water meters are being deployed under the Atal Mission Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) programme.
Commenting on the development, Sanjay Chauhan, mayor of Shimla, said: "To tackle the problem (of faulty billing), the bills will now be charged according to usage. Once the meters under AMR are installed, consumers will get bills on actual consumption of water, which will reduce losses to the civic body.”
With the new water meters, the municipality said it will provide its consumers with monthly water usage bills.
Back in the US, the city of Columbia in South Carolina announced that it plans to spend up to $49 million in modernising its metering infrastructure by installing some 140,000 smart water meters.
The project is anticipated to start in 2018 through to the end of 2020 with up to 6,000 installations per month. Read more...