Cape Town, South Africa --- (METERING.COM) --- September 25, 2009 - The City of Cape Town has launched a remote water meter reading project in order to assess its effectiveness in reducing water losses due to leaks and other factors.

The pilot is being undertaken in three different areas – a middle class residential development, a low cost residential development, and an industrial area.

Announcing the project Alderman Clive Justus, Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, said that Cape Town loses almost 19 percent of its piped water through burst water mains and domestic leaks.

The results from the three very different pilot areas would provide feedback and pinpoint potential problems that might arise if this project was to be implemented on a larger scale in future, Justus added.

Readings are taken daily, and combining the readings for all the meters within a suburb with simultaneous readings of bulk zone meters supplying the suburb will enable a detailed, zone-specific water balance to be calculated. This will enable factors that are contributing to water losses to be identified.

The trial project is expected to run for the remainder of the financial year, after which a full report will presented to the City Council.