Bruce Gardiner,
General Manager,
Cairns Water
 
Port Douglas, Australia and Liberty Lake, WA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- February 22, 2012 - The Cairns Regional Council is deploying Itron’s advanced water metering solution in the tourist town of Port Douglas, in Far North Queensland.

The deployment, being carried out under the Port Douglas Demand Management Campaign, follows last year’s full-scale deployment of the same system in the city of Kalgoorlie.

Over the course of the six-month project, Itron is implementing a system that will help the Cairns Regional Council track water consumption and optimize supply according to demand. In Port Douglas, where usage rates are high because of the influx of tourists, water demand management has become an increasingly important priority for the Cairns Regional Council. With the smart metering infrastructure solution, the utility can monitor consumption in real time, resulting in improved water resource management.

“Our vision is to better understand water usage within the area, increase the number of proactive asset management systems implemented across the region, and reduce demand on current water sources,” explained Bruce Gardiner, general manager, Cairns Water. “We also believe providing better information to our customers will assist in reducing water loss and create a more sustainable water supply.”

This initial project is part of a larger water management effort, partially funded by the Australian Commonwealth Government’s Water for the Future and National Water Security for Cities and Towns programs.