In Eastern Europe, Romania's largest water utility Apa Nova Bucureşti has announced that Itron is its supplier of choice to help upgrade its metering system.
Under the deal announced this week, Apa Nova Bucureşti will deploy Itron-manufactured water meters over the next four years to high-consumption customers and in multi-family buildings in a bid to allow the utility to better manage and conserve water resources.
The water utility, which has a service base of 2 million customers across Romania's capital and largest city Bucharest, said it also wants to upgrade its metering infrastructure to improve the accuracy of billing and improve customer service.
Mihai Savin, executive director at Apa Nova Bucureşt, said: “Apa Nova Bucureşti is committed to improving our water network through best-in-class metering solutions, which is why we chose to work with Itron.
“Itron’s high-quality water meters allow us to meet our goals for accurate billing to improve customer service and recover revenues.”
European water metering market
The market for advanced water metering technology in Europe is expected to be worth US$13.2 billion by 2020, according to figures from Frost & Sullivan.
Western European countries such as the UK, France and Germany are expected to account for half of the share following large-scale rollouts in the case of the first two.
Romania's national government has shown a commitment to advanced metering technology by committing to meet the European Union's goal of installing smart electricity and gas metering to 80% of households by 2020.