The rollout of smart water meters is expected to start in September, with the contract today awarded for supply and installation of the devices.
Itron Australasia will be engaged at a total cost of $15.9 million. Initially, the meters will be installed in Palm Cove, with a more expansive rollout in subsequent years.
Mayor Bob Manning announced the project in Monday’s budget, committing up to $20 million over five years to complete the comprehensive rollout.
“This is an opportunity for Cairns to be a leader in this technology and to make a positive step for our long-term water security,” Cr Manning said.
“The aim is to install 55,000 of these meters by September 2022. This will empower residents and business to have greater control over their water use.
“Perhaps most importantly, it will allow quick and easy identification of concealed leaks, reducing water wastage.”
The project will include replacement of all existing water meters with smart technology and the development of user interfaces that will allow customers to monitor water usage on a daily basis.
The smart water meter program is the result of a recommendation included in the Cairns Water Security Strategy, which was endorsed by Council in September 2015. This followed on from the establishment of a stakeholder group – the Water Security Advisory Group – that was tasked with exploring the region’s future water needs and identifying short, medium and long-term actions to support this.
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