What are smart meters?

Aravinthan, Vasantha and Ho, Goen and Gray, Julian and Butler, Reid and Connell, Damien (2012) What are smart meters? Water, 39 (2). pp. 80-84. ISSN 0310-0367

Abstract

The axiom 'if you can't measure it, you can't manage it' may suffer from overuse, but rarely is it an inaccurate observation. Australia, being the driest continent in the world, suffers from periodic drought conditions that make water availability a key national issue. Water utilities and industries around Australia have been under growing pressure to address water shortages caused by population growth, severe droughts, and uneven distribution of water resources caused by climatic changes. Ever-increasing water demands, coupled with dwindling water supplies, have posed great challenges to water industries to seriously consider the efficient management of water resources. After decades of inadequate metering of water use, organisations have realised that accurate, adequate and reliable measurement and monitoring practices of water consumption are essential for management of sustainable water resources (Willies et al., 2010). This fact sheet provides information on current measurement methods adopted by utilities and technological improvement and innovation that occurs in this field.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. 2012 AWA. Verification of authorship: To whom it may concern, I hereby certify that the feature article to be published in the April 2012 Water Journal, page 80-84, has been written by the following people: - Vasantha Aravinthan (University of Southern Queensland, QLD), - Goen Ho (Murdoch University, WA), - Julian Gray (Smart Approved Watermark, NSW), - Reid Butler (BMT WBM, NSW), and - Damien Connell (Smart Water Fund, VIC). Best regards, Kim Wuyts Project Manager - Specialist Networks Australian Water Association Direct 02 9467 8417 Email kwuyts@awa.asn.au www.awa.asn.au Find out about AWA's Specialist Networks at http://www.awa.asn.au/networks
Depositing User: Dr Vasantha Aravinthan
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2012 02:54
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2012 23:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia; water availablility; drought; water management; water metering; meters
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0802 Computation Theory and Mathematics > 080204 Mathematical Software
09 Engineering > 0907 Environmental Engineering > 090703 Environmental Technologies
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050206 Environmental Monitoring
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960912 Urban and Industrial Water Management
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/21060

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