Like your current mechanical water meter, a smart water meter counts and displays the volume of water used on your property as it flows through it. But unlike the mechanical meter, a digital meter will also transmit meter readings at regular intervals (e.g. daily) to Unitywater via a digital communication network.
We’ll be installing two different smart meter devices in your area:
- smart 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 all Unitywater customers and our business.
Smart meters 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 meters 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 meter technology in Noosa and Clontarf.