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Itron begins mass roll out of smart water meters

Firm will deploy 123,000 units by July 2016 in and around Jordanian capital.

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Itron has kicked off a huge project to install tens of thousands of smart water metres to improve the efficiency of the water network in and around the Jordanian capital, Amman.

The US-based company will deploy its technology for Jordan Water Company (Miyahuna), which serves approximately 760,000 customers in Amman and the provinces of Zarqa and Madaba.

Miyahuna’s ability to meet fast rising demand for water in an area that hosts an ever growing number of refugees is hampered by the fact that over a third of its output is ‘non-revenue water (NRW)’. In other words the utility is losing money because it is unable to detect who is using the water and how much they are using.

To tackle the problem Itron will install a total of 123,000 metres by the end of July 2016, representing the single largest loss reduction programme it has undertaken for a water utility.

Deployment of the metres will allow Miyahuna to analyze network conditions and detect unusual usage patterns. Implementation of the data management system will include three years of monitoring to ensure Miyahuna has fully mastered the Itron solution.

“Potable water supply for Amman city is a daily challenge, especially in the current regional crisis. The essential reinforcement of our loss reduction policy can be initiated in 2015 thanks to the contract signed with Itron,” said Munir Oweis, CEO of Miyahuna.

Itron’s fully-compact static ultrasonic water meter is designed and tailored for Middle Eastern conditions. With no moving parts, it allows for protection against unplanned maintenance costs and provides highly accurate measurement over the entire product life.

Financed by a soft loan granted by the French Treasury, this contract is part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed in November during King Abdullah II of Jordan’s visit to France.

“For Itron, this marks the single largest implementation of a comprehensive apparent loss reduction program for a water utility. It perfectly illustrates the industrial excellence of Franco-Jordanian cooperation in the water sector,” said Mathias Martin, Itron vice president of sales, EMEA, Water.

“The significant reduction of Miyahuna’s non-revenue water level, which is currently 37 percent, will considerably contribute to improving the performance of the water network and the productivity of the investments made by Miyahuna.”

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