Ottawa, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- January 12, 2010 - The City of Ottawa is planning to install a smart water metering system for its approximately 190,000 water accounts at a cost of $25 million.

The initiative, which is expected to get under way this spring, should serve as a valuable water monitoring and conservation tool that will benefit environmental programs and the City’s water leakage reduction program.

Further, higher levels of reading frequency and accuracy should improve confidence and trust in the accuracy of water bills. Ultimately the reduction in operational costs and controlled meter reading costs should save money, with savings of up to $20 million projected over the next 20 years.

The City has commenced the procurement process and expects to award the contract for the system in the coming weeks.

Thereafter the system should be phased in over a two to four year period.