The smart water meter from Kamstrup has passed the test of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) – opening the way for its provision to South African water suppliers.
Passing the SABS test vouches for the water meter’s accuracy and durability and provides it with the highest credibility towards South African municipalities, who are responsible for the supply of tap water.
“We are convinced that we have a compelling answer to this country’s severe water issue,” commented Kamstrup South Africa country manager Petrus van Heerden. “Both consumers and suppliers will benefit in the short term from accurate metering – the suppliers need to protect their revenue in order to be able to make investments in the water supply, and conserving our scarce water resources is in everybody’s interest.”
According to a study released by the South African Department of Water Affairs, non-revenue water is estimated to be as high as 37%, which is all the more critical as South Africa is suffering from water shortage. In order to arrest the huge loss of water in South Africa, metering and billing has been pointed out as key measures to be implemented. It is estimated that the country has a yearly water loss amounting to R7.2 billion (US$695 million).
The SABS tested water meter from Kamstrup can be integrated in smart electricity metering systems through a standard communication protocol. Via a wireless display, consumption data and critical events in the water supply can also be presented to the consumer.
Kamstrup opened up a branch office in Pretoria in the beginning of 2013 and says it has several pilot projects and installed metering projects in Cape Town and Johannesburg for both water and electricity.