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NEW smart water meters with low frequency radio transmitters, will offer water users in Moama and Mathoura close to real-time monitoring of their water use, with the Murray River Council’s water meter replacement program.

The new smart water meter, which includes a Taggle low frequency radio transmitter, will measure water use every hour for operational and billing purposes.

Contractors will begin the meter replacement program, which, once finalised, will allow residents to better manage their water usage.

“Other councils who have implemented Smart Metering report that they have been able to identify customer leaks within the first weeks of the meters being installed, not only saving water but reducing the cost to residents,” Murray River Council Mayor, Cr Chris Bilkey said.

“The remote read capabilities of smart meters will offer a faster and more efficient reading method than conventional meters, allowing Council to have timelier discussions with ratepayers on water-use issues and potential leaks rather than waiting for the manual reads to identify problems.”

Councillor Bilkey urged residents to ensure their water meters are accessible for contractors over the coming installation period.

“While the works don’t require residents to be home, it would be appreciated if residents could ensure their water meters are accessible to avoid workers disturbing gardens or other things around the home,” he said.

Residents should have received a letter in their mailboxes regarding the upcoming installation.

Council said residents can expect to be without water for about 15 minutes while the devices are being fitted.

Original article in the Riverine Herald Click here