Bahrain's EWA installs 102,500 smart water meters to cut bills

EWA is implementing the smart water meters project that will see 238,302 devices installed across the kingdom

Bahrain is installing smart meters to cut water consumption.
Bahrain is installing smart meters to cut water consumption.

A project by Bahrain’s Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) to install water consumption reading meters, or smart meters is “on good track” with a 43% success rate, and has resulted in the authority installing more than 102,500 meters out of a planned 238,302 devices so far.

Of the total number, 40,000 are said to allow wireless water meter reading through automatic meter reading (AMR) technology to replace older mechanical meters.

Replacement of mechanical meters has already seen full completion in the Governorate of Muharraq, with the southern area showing an 87% success rate to date, with plans to reach full efficiency by the end of this year.

EWA is planing a countrywide replacement of water meters by late-2020, it was revealed during a visit to its water distribution facility in the Salmabad directorate by chief executive officer, Shaikh Nawaf bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa.

According to Bahrain’s state news agency, BNA, the CEO stressed the project’s importance in supporting billing automation, reducing water loss, and allowing subscribers to monitor their consumption, thereby slashing their operational and maintenance costs.

“The life span of this type of meter exceeds that of [older] mechanical meters,” he said.

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