300,000 smart water meters will be installed in Singapore as of next year, as part of national plans to digitize the water system. The meters will be installed by SP Services and are the first of their kind to be deployed in Singapore.
The meters can monitor water consumption and leaks, and will be deployed in homes, commercial and industrial buildings at seven locations: Tampines North, Tengah, Bukit Batok, Hougang, Jurong West, Tampines and Tuas.
The national water agency PUB has ensured that consumers will not have to bear any cost for the meters.
The first phase of this smart water meter program is expected to be completed by 2023. Households and businesses will receive notification letters from PUB prior to installation.
Keep an eye on water usage
“Our challenge in PUB is to give our customers the water equivalent of the speedometer and fuel gauge, and empower them to become smarter users of water,” said PUB CEO. , Ng Joo Hee.
The solution to this lies in digital water meters.
“With the information available on the tap, which was previously not available to end consumers, we are confident that they will be able to significantly adjust their behavior and become more efficient consumers, thereby saving money. water and money, ”he added.
With smart water meters, the water consumption will be read automatically several times a day and accurately and remotely transmitted to PUB on a daily basis.
Customers will have easy access to their daily water usage data via a mobile app or an online portal. They will also receive notifications when water consumption is detected as high or when there are leaks.
Pilot tests conducted in 800 households in Punggol and Yuhua in 2016 and 2018 respectively found that these households had savings of around 5% through early detection of leaks and adoption of water-saving habits. .
“Smart water meters that can provide near real-time water usage information will help change consumer behavior, (and) can provide a major boost to our water conservation efforts,” said Ridzuan Ismail, director of the PUB’s water supply.
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