Water meter deals: Itron wins Dutch order and Badger buys distributor


Itron has won a contract with Dutch water supplier Evides Waterbedrijf for its AMI-ready volumetric water meters.

Under the four-year deal, Itron will supply up to 100,000 units to Evides, based in the Western Netherlands with a service base of 2.5 million customers.

Commenting on the deal, Roy van der Knaap, metering manager at Evides, said the metering solution will allow the utility to track and use water resources more efficiently.

Distributor buy-out

Meanwhile, water meter manufacturer Badger Meter has bought out US distributor National Meter and Automation in a deal that is expected to add US$15 million of revenue to Badger Meter after eliminating inter-company sales.

National Meter is a major distributor of Badger Meter products for the municipal water utility market, serving customers in Colorado, California, Nevada, Arizona and southern Wyoming.

Richard A. Meeusen, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Badger Meter, said: “We sell a significant amount of our products through distributors, who have close relationships with our customers and provide important sales, technical and operational support at a local level.

“The addition of National Meter will not only further integrate Badger Meter into this key sales channel, but also will benefit our other distributor relationships and our customers.”

Meeusen said National Meter will become a regional distribution centre for Badger Meter.

In addition to its primary product line of water meters and meter reading systems, National Meter also provides services including meter testing, leak detection, water audits, meter and meter reading system installation and meter reading.

The acquisition is expected to close on October 1, 2014.