Orange City Council is investigating a range of ways to reduce its own water use.
In the 2019/20 financial year Council has budgeted for $150,000 worth of Smart Water Metres to be installed across a range of Council buildings which have generally high water readings, such as childcare centres, certain parks and gardens, the sewerage treatment plant and the Civic Centre office in Lords Place.
These meters give a ‘real-time’ reading on the buildings water use, which can be accessed online 24/7.
This means if there is a water leak, building operators will be alerted to it straight away and it can be fixed as soon as possible.
In many cases, particularly in residential houses, people aren’t aware there is a water leak until they receive their unusually high water bill.
These metres can also give an accurate reading on what time the most water is used compared to the least. This is information can be used to implement better water savings management plans.
Smart Water Metres are becoming increasingly popular across NSW Councils and in many areas have been introduced to residential homes.
The period for community consultation on the 2019 Draft Budget has concluded. A report on the community response will be considered by staff and presented to the 25 June council meeting.