As early as next year, 300,000 smart water meters will be installed in Singapore to digitize the water system. The meters will be installed by SP Services and will be the first of their kind to be introduced in Singapore.
The meters can monitor water usage and leaks and are used in seven locations in residential, commercial and industrial buildings: Tampines North, Tengah, Bukit Batok, Hougang, Jurong West, Tampines and Tuas.
The national water agency PUB assured that consumers do not have to bear any costs for the meters.
The first phase of this smart water meter program is expected to be completed by 2023. Households and businesses will receive notification letters from PUB before the installation.
Keep an eye on water usage
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"Our challenge at PUB is to give our customers the water equivalent of a speedometer and fuel gauge and empower them to become smarter water users," said PUG Managing Director Ng Joo Hee.
The solution for this lies in digital water meters.
"With the information on tap that has not been previously available to end users, we believe they will be able to adapt behavior sensibly and become more efficient consumers, saving water and money," he added .
With intelligent water meters, the water consumption is automatically read several times a day and sent back precisely and remotely to PUB every day.
Customers have access to their daily water consumption data via a mobile app or an online portal. You will also receive notifications when it is determined that water usage is high or when there are leaks.
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Pilot tests in 800 households in Punggol and Yuhua in 2016 and 2018 showed that these households achieved savings of around five percent due to the early detection of leaks and the introduction of water-saving habits.
"Smart water meters that can provide near real-time information on water usage will help change consumer behavior (and) can significantly fuel our water conservation efforts," said Ridzuan Ismail, PUB's director of water supply (network).
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