'That's a lot of
money to the bottom line'
'smart meters' save $50,000
by stopping water leaks at caravan parks
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CARAVAN parks in NSW's
MidCoast region have helped prove the value digital water meters as
water conservation tools.
Council-installed 'smart meters' have detected leaks at 10
caravan parks this year, leading to an estimated saving of 26 million
litres of water.
The council's director of Infrastructure and Engineering Services,
Rob Scott, said the saving was significant and
showed the technology was proving a valuable way for major customers to
reduce water use and ensure their systems were as efficient as possible.
"Unfortunately, many of our caravan parks have old pipes and are located
on sandy soil, which makes it really difficult to pick up on leaks because
the water doesn’t show up on the surface," he
"Thanks to the smart meters, we're now able to notify the parks as soon as
we notice any abnormal usage, which helps them to find the leaks and fix
them before they become too costly and wasteful."
Sandbar and Bushland Holiday Park at Smiths Lake has already benefited
from the technology, less than a month after having a smart meter
Park manager Evan Hunter said he was able to fix a 20 litre-per-minute
leak that might have otherwise gone unnoticed.
He was excited by the savings the park could make as a result of having
access to up-to-date information on its water usage.
"To have that information at the click of a button is very handy," Mr
"Potentially we're looking at about $50,000 a year in savings. That's a
lot of money to the bottom line."
Smart meters were identified as an effective tool for reducing water use
in the council's most recent Integrated Water Cycle Management Strategy,
Our Water, Our Future.
They have been installed at the sites of selected large users at no cost
to the customer to reduce water loss and give customers greater control
over their water use.
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