In the US, the village of Tinley Park in Illinois has announced its US$6.5 million plan to replace controversial smart water meters installed in resident’s homes in a previous AMI project.
According to a local sources, the decision follows several incidents of residents being overcharged of their monthly bills due to malfunctioning of the meters were reported.
Under the proposal, Tinley Park said it will borrow US$6.5 million to replace some 18.263 smart water meters as well as cover related expenses.
The project costing about US$$396,000 a year is estimated will take 18 to 24 months to replace all the meters
Chicago Tribune reported that the smart water meters Tinley will replace supplied by Severn Trent and Elster with the Sensus iPerl are currently being installed in at least 10 other suburbs to replace traditional mechanical meters.
Commenting on the proposal, Water Superintendent Tom Kopanski said ‘The new meters will provide "a high level of accuracy" for their "entire expected life" and "across all flow ranges,"
Mr Kopanski added that the new meters will include more data and will allow customers to go online and download their consumption history — with hourly figures available for the previous 30 days.
The more robust data will allow residents to be contacted quickly if the information suggests a leak in their pipes.
Smart water meters in the US
The proposal follows early September's announcement by Glenview municipal water authority securing of a deal with Sensus for replacement of smart water meters that were registering false readings.
The village in the suburb of Chicago,approved an offer from Sensus to replace 1,500 iPerl smart water meters installed between 2012 and 30 July, 2015, as well as swapping the water authority's pre-existing stock of water meters, reported Metering & Smart Energy International.
Under the deal, Sensus will also verify that all new meters were manufactured in 2015, and extend its warranty from 10 years to 15 years.
The deal followed an admission from Sensus that manufacturing problems in 2014 had resulted in the iPerl smart water meters making false readings in July 2015.