Kouga to get “smart” about water

2016-10-27 06:00

THE Kouga Municipal Council is considering “smart” solutions to cut water losses and increase the income from wasted water.

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen says the municipality’s water losses stand at over 40%.

“This is water for which the municipality pays, but gain no income. It is shocking to think of all that potential income going to waste,” she says.

Water losses have been the result of various factors, including old and poorly-maintained infrastructure, faulty water meters and theft.

“The situation cannot be allowed to continue. Not only is the future of our water supply under threat, but the municipality is also being robbed of money that could be put towards improving service delivery to our people.”

The new Council has identified smart meters as a potential solution.

“Smart water meters have advantages that will benefit residents and the municipality. These meters can be read remotely; hence, meter readers will no longer need to access consumers’ properties to capture data.

“Meter readers will be able to obtain a property’s water-usage data for any given date. This means that the period between meter readings will remain constant,” she said.

Van Lingen states that smart meters will make it easier to detect water-leaks and theft. “We’ll be able to monitor water consumption accurately and compare the usage of individual properties with that recorded by the bulk meters,” she explains.

“We are very excited about the opportunities smart water technology holds for Kouga, and will engage with suppliers to find the best solution for our region.”

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