Almost 896 million litres of water could be saved during the first full year of using smart meters in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
Water Minister Bill Marmion today said a trial of using the technology in the Goldfields town had been extremely successful and was estimated to save about 896 million litres of water next year.
The Kalgoorlie-Boulder Smart Meter Trial involved the installation of 13,838 smart meters to residential, commercial and industrial properties - the biggest trial of its kind to be completed by a water utility in Australia.
Mr Marmion said smart meters record water use every hour, which allowed the Water Corporation to detect any unusual increases in water use and inform residents to check for potential leaks.
“On any given day of the trial, at least one in five properties recorded a continuous flow of water, which indicated a leak may be present,” he said.
“Smart meters also provide customers with information on how and when they use water, allowing them to reduce their water use and in turn save on their water bill.”
The Minister said the support of the local community and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder was vital to the success of the trial.
“I want to thank both the local community and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder for their support during the two-year trial, which has led the way for other smart meter projects across the State,” he said.
“Nearly 5,700 smart water meters are now being installed in Port and South Hedland, with an additional 7,400 being installed in the West Pilbara towns of Karratha, Roebourne, Point Sampson and Wickham.”
Kalgoorlie-Boulder Smart Meter Trial started July 2010, concluded June 2012
Kalgoorlie-Boulder was chosen due to high household water consumption and difficulty accessing water meters at rear of properties
The $4million Kalgoorlie-Boulder Smart Meter Trial was jointly funded by the State Government and Federal Government's Water For the Future initiative
Under Liberal National Govt, 27,000 WA households participated in H2ome Smart Program, receiving one-on-one advice on how household water use can be improved
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