Bradford, U.K. and Liberty Lake, WA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- February 21, 2010 - U.K. water and waste water provider, Yorkshire Water, has signed a contract for the deployment of Itron’s automated meter reading system (AMR).

The project includes deployment of up to 500,000 residential water meters as well as commercial water meters. All the meters supplied will be equipped with Itron’s newest generation EverBlu AMR module. Additionally, up to 500,000 EverBlu AMR modules will be supplied for retrofitting to Itron water meters already installed throughout Yorkshire Water’s territory. Itron FC300R handheld units and MV-RS meter reading software will be used to collect manual and AMR reads.

The AMR system will be installed over a five year period and will allow Yorkshire Water to efficiently collect meter reads and provide data to enhance customer service.

The EverBlu AMR module provides a seamless pathway for utilities to migrate from walk-by to fixed network AMR. The enhanced consumption, leakage and alarm data helps utilities efficiently assess the performance of their assets and networks, while providing valuable data to help drive customer service improvements to promote efficient use of water resources and leakage reduction alongside effective billing and query resolution.

“Yorkshire Water is delighted to be taking a lead in the U.K. water industry,” said Andy Clark, metering manager at Yorkshire Water. “We consider the EverBlu AMR platform to represent the best available technology in the AMR industry by delivering excellent read performance, significant operational efficiencies and enhanced customer service.”

Yorkshire Water supplies over 1 billion litres of drinking water per day.