The US town of Plymouth in Massachusetts approved a $4.5 million budget to replace existing analogue water meters with smart meters.The approval of the budget allows the town’s Department of Public Works (DPW) to install some 13,400 automated water meters and related communications infrastructure from March this year, through to January 2018.
The smart meters will enable the DPW to accurately bill its customers and reduce costs associated with manual meter reading.
The project will also help Plymouth to reduce its non-revenue water through quick identification of water leaks and meter tampering.
Jonathan Beder, director at the DPW, said with the smart water meters, residential and commercial consumers will improve their water efficiency and reduce their water bills through unlimited access to their water consumption data.
The smart meters project falls under efforts by Plymouth to meet its water efficiency targets of 65 gallons of water per person, per day, set by the Massachusetts state government.
The installation of the smart water meters allows Plymouth to modernise its water distribution infrastructure.
Smart meters project approval
In the third quarter of 2016, the US town of Cranberry in Pennsylvania state received approval to replace existing water meters with digital meters in a bid to improve its revenue collection.
Cranberry will replace some 7,800 water meters installed before 2009 in 2017 at a total cost of $3 million to help consumers manage their water consumption and lower their bills.
Once the project is complete, residential customers will be able to track their usage online via mobile devices.
The smart metering system will help the town better manage its water resources by providing water usage data eight times a day.
Jason Daily, director of public works in Cranberry, commented: “With a traditional meter you might have a problem and never know it until you get your bill.
“This way, you would know almost immediately." [North Carolina town buys software suite to boost water management].