Like your current mechanical water meter, a smart water meter or logger counts the volume of water used on your property as the water flows through it. Unlike the mechanical meter, a smart water meter/logger also records the meter reading every 15 minutes and transmits this data to Unitywater daily via a digital communication network.
We’ll be installing two different smart meter devices in your area:
- smart water meter loggers, which sit on top of your existing mechanical meter
- fully-integrated smart water meters, which totally replace the mechanical meter
We are testing a number of different models to determine which are the best for Unitywater customers and our business.
Smart water meters and loggers are powered by a battery that normally lasts between 10 and 16 years, so data transmission can continue in the event of a power outage. If there is a failure of the device, alerts are set up so that Unitywater will be notified automatically.
Smart water meters and loggers are currently in use in Mackay and Wide Bay, Queensland, in other states of Australia and in many overseas countries. We have also trialled similar smart water meter technology in Noosa and Clontarf.