Water meter contract awarded in Delhi

A total of 250,000 water meters will be rolled out across Delhi as part of an infrastructure upgrade and plan to accurately measure water usage in the metropolitan area...

DELHI, India, August 4, 2011 -- A total of 250,000 water meters will be rolled out across Delhi as part of an infrastructure upgrade and plan to accurately measure water usage in the metropolitan area.

The tender was awarded to Itron from the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and will see Indian construction company Larsen & Toubro install the meters over an 18-month period.

DJB is responsible for 1.9 million water connections in the region and historically, consumers have been charged for water services on an estimated average basis, not on actual consumption.

In addition, over 60% of these connections are either unmetered or have defective meters installed, resulting in tremendous water waste across the metropolitan area.

Itron said the meters will be assembled at its recently inaugurated water meter factory in Dehradun.

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