Smart water meter rollout underway as part of 2020/21 Budget
Council will commence the installation and rollout of smart water meters across the Shire, with $200,000 allocated to the program in its 2020/21 Budget released this morning.
Burdekin Shire Council will commence the installation and rollout of smart water meters across the Shire, with $200,000 allocated to the program in its 2020/21 Budget released this morning.
The smart water meter replacement program will be rolled out over eight years beginning with several hundred units installed early this financial year. The technology will allow water meters to be read remotely, providing accurate and up-to-date data to Council enabling better service to customers.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the innovative program would enable Council to assist residents in being more informed and therefore conscious of their water usage habits.
“Smart water meters not only monitor regular usage but also determine if leaks or unusual water use patterns may be present at a property. This information, collected regularly, will allow Council to potentially contact residents to advise of potential leaks in a timely manner – saving them water and money in the process. The technology has the capability to be expanded in the future to allow residents to monitor their usage via a dashboard.
“The long-term aim will see the water meter fleet read weekly with the installation of data collection technology in garbage trucks or similar vehicles. Every time your bin gets emptied your water meter will be read. Currently meters are read twice annually.
“We live in the most agriculturally rich part of Australia, with fertile soil, 300 days of sun, and an abundance of water below our feet. However, the cost to treat that water before it reaches households is an expensive process and one that Council continues to improve on. With updated health standards and regulations, Council monitors water supply from its collection through bores and treatment in reservoirs, through to its distribution to homes.
“The Burdekin Shire Council 2020/21 Budget will develop water infrastructure in other areas with $300,000 for the continuation of the Mt Kelly water supply rising main replacement, $200,000 for continued upgrades to monitoring systems improving water supply network reliability and operations, and commencement of the $10 million State-funded Ayr/Brandon water supply upgrade which includes a 10ML water storage reservoir in South Ayr, a duplicate trunk main and development of new water production bores.”
To access the Burdekin Shire Council 2020/21 Budget document, visit https://bit.ly/BDKBudget.