Byron Shire Council has awarded a tender for the supply of smart water meters for a trial project on residential and commercial properties in east Mullumbimby and selected bulk recycled water clients in Byron Bay.

WaterGroup was selected through a formal tender process and will now work with the Byron Shire Council to deliver approximately 400 smart water meter devices to help optimise water management over the next 12 months.

Byron Shire Council Project Manager, Andrew Swan, said WaterGroup has a proven record with smart water metering, leak detection and water efficiency solutions and has worked extensively with other local governments and major water utilities.

“The installation will be a simple and quick process with little impact on Council’s infrastructure,” Mr Swan said.

WaterGroup will supply the council with two models of smart water meters to accommodate both its residential and commercial clients.

Both models are designed to monitor water consumption through half hourly readings of average flows and usage data.

“This trial will allow Council to test the smart water meter technology for a potential Shire-wide rollout in the future,” Mr Swan said.

“The smart water meters will help us understand where our water is going and, similar to a burglar alarm, they’ll alert us to leaks that are essentially stealing water from our community’s natural resources.”

It is expected 80 per cent of the installations for the pilot will be completed by December 2020.

The first installations have commenced on bulk water recycled water meters in Byron Bay, with the east Mullumbimby area scheduled for October to mid-November 2020.

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