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3 September, 2021

Smart Meters for Douglas Shire

DOUGLAS Shire Council will be reviewing the condition of existing water meters in coming weeks as it prepares for the planned Smart Water Meter Program.

By Peter McCullagh

A smart water meter is a digital device that measures, in real time, the amount of water in use, then via a low frequency radio transmitter securely sends data to Council for processing.

The ability to analyse and monitor the information collected on every household, business and public space will be a powerful tool.

Council expects the smart water program will reduce water loss, improve accuracy of water rates billing and increase participation in water saving practices with an ability to provide real-time water usage data to the community.

Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr has asked residents to make sure their water meters are accessible and not overgrown with plants.

“The Smart Water Meter Program is a really exciting innovation for our community and is a key tool in our water security strategy,” he said.

“We are asking residents to check their water meters over the next few days and make sure they aren’t overgrown or otherwise obstructed.”

“That way you can make it easier for our staff to check on the condition of the water meter.”

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