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Alice Water Smart - Smart Meters

The Alice Water Smart project will help residents and businesses to become even smarter with their water use through the installation of up to 300 smart water meters.

Participants will be more aware of when and how they use their water, and will have greater knowledge to help them reduce water use.

A meter is made 'Smart' by the addition of a data logger and transmission device. Alice Water Smart is trialling two types of these devices.

Residents will receive a Taggle device that sends a count of the water meter every hour by radio to a receiver located at the top of West Gap. From there a packet of data is sent at regular intervals via the 3G network to a website where residents can log in to see and download their data.

Commercial properties will use a different device that collects meter read information at intervals between 5 and 60 minutes and sends data direct via the 3G network to a website where organisations can login and see and download their data.  

 

 

Meter with tag

 
     Taggle device on residential meter     Data analysis for leaks

A smart meter can help you to identify whether a baseflow (a constant flow of water) is present. If there is, this may indicate a leak or a combination of leaks. You can also check for any unusual trends that cannot be associated with your known business activity or home water use.

You can monitor your daily water usage as well as the effects of any changes you have made to your business or home water use. For example, if you fix a leak, you will be able to tell if this has fixed the problem or if other leaks remain.

Some smart meters can be set to alarm for specific high use limits—these will alert during excessive flow events. Another use is to calculate the amount of water used for various activities such as irrigation.

For more information download:

Alice Water Smart Smart Meter Fact Sheet .pdf »

Alice Water Smart - Overall - Fact Sheet.pdf »