Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee today announced a $1.2 million grant for Mid-Western Regional Council through Round Two of the Australian Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.
Mr Gee said the grant will be used to install smart water meters across the Mid-Western Regional local government area that record hourly and daily water usage so the council can take a more proactive approach to water management. The meters will also have the ability to detect leakage issues earlier on potentially saving ratepayers thousands of dollars.
“Water security is a key issue for our country communities and these meters will allow consumers to understand their water consumption and manage their future usage,” Mr Gee said.
“Consumers will also be able to access a customer portal which has real-time water usage, offering more transparency around usage and billing.
“I congratulate Mid-Western Regional Council on this forward-thinking project and look forward to seeing it rolled out in the community over the next two years.”
Mayor of the Mid-Western Region, Des Kennedy said the Smart Water Meter (SWM) Network has a range of social, economic and environmental benefits.
“By securing this grant Council will be able to implement innovative technology at reduced cost to ratepayers and we’re grateful to the Federal Government for recognising the value of this project to our region,” Cr Kennedy said.
“As part of this three-year project households connected to town water will be installed with a smart water meter that will record hourly and daily water usage data. This will allow us to have a better oversight of the entire network, improving monitoring and reducing manual reading related hours that can now be redirected into customer service and education.”
The Smart Cities and Suburbs Program is a $50 million competitive program which supports local governments to apply innovative, technology-based approaches to improve the liveability of cities and regional centres.
For more information visit https://infrastructure.gov.au/cities/smart-cities