Itron, Inc. (Liberty Lake, Wash., U.S.A.), a smart meter provider, announced on Tuesday that it has been selected by Larsen & Toubro, the largest construction company in India, to supply residential water meters as part of an infrastructure upgrade project in Delhi. Over the course of the 18-month project, Itron will provide 250,000 water meters to accurately measure water usage in the metropolitan area--the largest contract for Itron in India to date, according to the company.
Responsible for the delivery and distribution of drinking water in the region, the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) oversees approximately 1.9 million connections in Delhi. Historically, consumers have been charged for water service on an estimated average basis, not on actual consumption, according to Itron.
In addition, over 60% of these connections are either unmetered or have defective meters installed, resulting in tremendous water waste across the metropolitan area. With both of these factors in mind, the DJB launched a global tender for the installation of 250,000 water meters to allow their customers to have better monitoring and oversight of their water consumption while improving the overall efficiency of water supply, and ensuring water loss is minimized, says Itron. Larsen & Toubro was awarded the contract and the company will install international standard water meters provided by Itron. This project comes after Itron received a previous contract to deliver 100,000 water meters to DJB.
This is Itron’s second large water meter supply project of this year. In March of this year, the company announced a deal to deliver 120,000 smart water meters to Malta’s Water Services Corporation in a contact that will continue through 2013.