Smart meters for water
What is a smart metering system?
A smart metering system enables the digital monitoring of consumption data, which is transmitted automatically to the energy provider and/or customers. Smart metering uses wireless or other technology to record how much water is being used by a consumer and send the recorded data to a central point where billing can be carried ou and water monitoring can be managed.
What is smart metering for water?
Smart metering for water involves replacing traditional water meters with smart water meters that negate the need for manual water readings. Smart meters keep a real-time log of water consumption data, which is used for water monitoring and accurate billing.
Can you get smart meters for water?
Yes, smart meters are available for water. Minor alterations may need to be carried out to the external pipework or internal plumbing, but smart water meter technology is readily available and is being implemented widely across the globe.
What is the difference between AMR water meters and smart meters?
An AMR water meter is a device that is retrofit onto a traditional meter, whereas a smart meter for water is a new meter with connected technologies built into it.
How is a smart water meter read?
Most smarter water meters are fitted in an underground box near the property boundary that includes the principal stopcock. You can read the meter reading by opening the lid. You will see a digital display showing the number of cubic metres of water used, as well as some other data, depending on the smart water meter system.
Are smart water meters accurate?
One of the biggest water management problems for utilities and customers is inaccurate readings, which can result in inaccurate billing and many customer complaints. Because smart water meters rely on automated data taken at regular intervals in real time, the readings are more accurate than those taken sporadically using manual means.
A smart meter is more sensitive to low water flows than a traditional water meter, making it noticeably more accurate. Smart water metering systems are also able to prove in-depth reporting, which can also be automated.
In addition, traditional water meters tend to lose accuracy over time. On average, the equipment must be replaced every 15-20 years on average.