New water meters to curb tampering

New water meters to curb tampering

The BWSSB will soon replace traditional water meters with Automatic Meter Readers (AMR) to ensure transparency and error-free billing.

As part of the pilot project, as many as 985 non-domestic water connections in the Central division of the City will be installed with AMRs.

On the new technology, sources in the BWSSB said, AMRs would emit Radio Frequency (RF) signals and the readings would be recorded throughout the day.

Through the Global Positioning System (GPS) data would be sent to the main server located either at BWSSB’s service station, sub-division or the main office. Adopting RF and GPS will ensure zero manipulation or tampering of water meters. In case there is no water supply or RF signals fail, the BWSSB will be able to rectify the error, as each and every activity will be recorded with the aid of GPS. Any meddling with meters will also be recorded, the BWSSB sources said.

T Venkataraju, engineer-in-chief, said the new technology will reduce incidences of faulty readings and thwart all attempts at manipulation of water meters.
Moreover, in order to ensure accountability, the Board plans to share monthly water bills via e-mails and SMSes with consumers.

Chetas Control Systems Pvt Ltd which has been awarded the Rs 4.12 crore-project will be entrusted with the task of designing, installing, commissioning and maintaining AMRs for a period of one year.

“The new generation meters help plug leakages and safeguard against tampering of water meters,” said Hemant Panhalkar of the company.

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