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Itron to upgrade Barbados’ water infrastructure

BWA’s existing mechanical water meters will be replaced with ultrasonic ones

Barbados Water Authority says the technology will allow it to detect leaks for years to come
Barbados Water Authority says the technology will allow it to detect leaks for years to come

Barbados Water Authority (BWA) has selected Itron to roll out water meters to help the utility minimise water loss throughout the island.


Itron, through its regional distributor Innotech Utilities, will replace the utility’s existing mechanical water meters with solid-state ultrasonic Intelis water meters to improve monitoring of water usage.


According to BWA, providing access to drinkable (potable) water is challenging because of drought and the level of non-revenue water (water which is lost before it reaches the customer).


To address water loss, the utility chose to collaborate with Itron to improve the monitoring of its water supply network and decrease non-revenue water.


By replacing its old meters, BWA will be enabled to improve operations, detect leaks, monitor system performance and improve water efficiency. With no moving parts, the water meters are designed to be long-lasting and protect against unplanned maintenance costs while providing accurate water analytics, said Itron.


“As the sole supplier of potable water to the public of Barbados, we recognised the need to develop a programme that would prevent water loss and quickly detect leaks,” said Keithroy Halliday, general manager, BWA.


“With Itron’s ultrasonic water meters, we will be able to accurately measure actual consumption and detect leaks for years to come.”


The Intelis meters are equipped with advanced monitoring intelligence, which will alert the utility to potential problems such as tampering and abnormal or drops in water pressure.


“At Itron, we are dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water, so we are thrilled to help BWA conserve its precious water resources,” added Gavin van Tonder, president of Itron’s water business line.


“With our water metering solution, the utility will be equipped to protect its water supply by closely monitoring its system and accurately measuring consumption which benefits its consumers.”


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